Cinderella. Ariel. Aurora. Jasmine. Belle. Elsa. We all adore these Disney princesses. They're all and pretty, they all seem to have a way with animals and children, and they all can sing beautifully. But there is one other thing that these heroines have in common, one thing that we have seemed to miss: they're all wearing blue! Sky blue, to be specific.
It's not just a coincidence. In an interview with Elle.com, designer Christopher Kane said that it's "a thing", and that they refer it as "Disney Blue".
Kane is just about right. Think about it. From Elsa's cape to Cinderella's iconic ball dress, Disney does love dressing their characters in a signature blue look that are always unforgettable.
Speaking to Allure, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says that our near-universal inclination toward the color could be because of the sky. “It's something to look forward to, to see that blue sky,” says Eiseman. “It’s dependable. It's reliable. It might cloud up, but we know it’s there.”
But then again, since the azure hue has always been associated with boys, Eisman suggests that dressing a female character in blue gives them a sense of power.
“You’re adding a bit of power to the character by giving her the blue,” explains Eiseman. “It's a very subtle way of saying, ‘Yeah, but young women, young girls, can be empowered, too.'"
Moreover, Beauty and the Beast costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, adds, "There is a sort of refinement and crispness to light blue, but there's also blue in workwear. It is a practical color, and a color that you can work in. In that sense, it is full of active strength."
Since the title "princess" comes with a long list of connotations like tiaras, ball gowns, and glitz, we now get why our heroines were dressed in blue. Cinderella defied her evil stepmother and made it to the ball, Jasmine successfully escaped from Jafar, and Belle found great adventure outside of her provincial life, all while donning the color the positive shade.