So often we take a look at Disney fashion outside of the park. From clothing, to accessories there is always a great Disney find hiding just beyond the river bend. But what about the fashion and costumes that are featured all around Disney Parks? Let’s take a closer look at the new costumes for the new nighttime show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Rivers of Light.
Irina Kruzhilina, a New York-based costume designer worked alongside Walt Disney Imagineering to create these wonderful works of art. Rivers of Light features four human characters including a pair of mystical storytellers and their students. As each pair enters the village amphitheaters, they make their way down to the water and onto elaborate boats.
The four elaborate costumes featured in the performance combine a total of 81 different embroidery motifs, 180 different fabrics, and more than 250 bead designs! Wow!
The two storytellers, Assema and Aditya, transcend both time and location throughout the show, so their costume inspiration draws on many different aspects including Native American, European, and Far Eastern cultures. If you look closely at their costumes, you may also notice that some beading appears to be crafted from stone and metal. The bright earth tones really evoke that feeling of Animal Kingdom and help to connect the story to the park.
The intricate detail doesn’t stop there! The same costumes also feature modern glass work. Yet somehow, all of these different elements work together to enhance the story and design of Rivers of Light. I love the cool blue tones and how they work to create the feeling of the river. So much detail went it these designs!
The costumes for the students, Ambu and Ketu are similar to the clothing of the storytellers, but with simpler elements of pants and sashes.
What do you think of the costumes for Rivers of Light? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Monica is an Alumna of the Disney College Program. When she is not walking down the middle of Main Street USA you can find her wandering the World Showcase, or enjoying a Dole Whip while racing to her favorite attractions. When she is forced to endure life outside of Walt Disney World, you can find her in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she lives and works. You can visit her Disney lifestyle blog here.
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