Saturday, 9 August 2014

How to Dress Up as Esmeralda (Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of those seriously underrated Disney movies, despite how excellent it is - probably because as kids all the mature themes and the really deep story line just flew over our heads. Ah well. For those of you out there who appreciate this classic piece of animation, why not dress up as Esmeralda for Halloween? This post is going to show you how to do it. If you are looking for a guide for kids, you can find one here!

Dreamgirl Pretty and Peasant Ruffled Shirt Costume Accessory
I've been on the hunt for a decent Esmeralda costume out there, but I haven't found one yet that I'm completely happy with. This costume here is ok, but the color scheme isn't quite right and I'm sure we can do better than that! Instead of buying a pre-made costume then, let's put together our own. This is a very easy costume that doesn't require any stitching or skill.

Muka Navy Blue Underbust Corset
First of all, Esmeralda has a puffy sleeved, off the shoulder shirt that she wears as a top. The Dreamgirl Pretty and Peasant Ruffled shirt costume accessory featured above is a pretty good replica for this, so it'll serve as our base.

Next, on top of the shirt covering her waist Esmeralda has a blue underbust corset with yellow stripes - I haven't been able to find one exactly like it, but the blue corset on the right would make an excellent stand-in. If you are up for some crafts, you can paint or stitch yellow lines of fabric to make it as close as possible to the source material.

Belly Dance Vogue Bohemia Skirt
Last but not least, you will need a long and flowing skirt in a dark shade of purple. I like the bohemian style skirt on the left. For an optional extra, you can add this short coin skirt hip scarf on top. It gives your costume a bit of an extra glimmer and is great if you plan on doing some dancing.

So there you have it, that's all the bits and pieces you'll need for a stunning Esmeralda costume. I hope you like it and have a ton of fun! If you liked this post and would like to more, be sure to check out the rest of my blog for even more costume ideas for women for all occasions. In particular, you might like my other Disney movie costume posts, which you can find here

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