You could not miss them, new Cast Member outfits made progressively their appearance at Disney's Newport Bay Club since the end of its renovation. We have met with Maxence, assistant stylist designer, to understand how the costumes are born.
Why new costumes for Disney's Newport Bay Club?
It was in October 2013 that the hotel inspired by the resorts of New England, began its makeover. The Disney's Newport Bay Club has undergone a major refurbishment as part of the overall hotel renovation plan at our Resort. It was important to completely rethink the costumes for this new chapter.
Can you tell us what were the inspirations used to develop these new costumes?
The inspiration boards and the different ambiances of the hotel were the main components of the development of these new costumes. The stylistic inspirations mainly echo the end of Victorian and early Edwardian times.
What story do they tell? How are they related to the history of the hotel?
The story takes place in Newport, a chic seaside resort of the early twentieth century. For the costumes, as in all the relookings, I keep the coloristic ambiences of the hotel, the forms are references of its times (the collars of the shirts, the forms of the vests, the jackets and the skirts for their lengths) with modern touches for the chic side.
How long did it take the teams to set up this new collection?
It's a long process. In all, from the first drawing to the commissioning of these new costumes, it took our teams more than two years.
What are the stages of creating a costume here at Disneyland Paris?
Initially, as quoted above, we start from the inspirations of the hotel that are transmitted to us by the artistic director of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) to establish costume proposals.
Before presenting these proposals to the WDI Artistic Director, we carefully select the materials and accessories that make up the costumes, while conducting tests at our cleaning provider to ensure that we'll only use materials and accessories that are reliable in the long term.
Then we follow with one or more meetings with our Imagineers, which validate or change the proposals. The drawings as well as the proposals of materials and accessories are then presented to the Steering Committee Costuming in the presence of the Direction, for a review and a validation.
Once the drawings and the materials have been validated, a model maker will create a patronage that will itself be materialized by a canvas and a prototype. It is important that the costume is a reflection of the design, so a patronage may need to be modified several times in order to obtain the desired shape and shape.
We then conduct a number of industrial wash tests to test the end-product strength, and others on stage with the operational Cast Members who will wear them.
Finally, when all the prototypes are made and the final rendering validated by our artistic direction, Imagineering and the Steering Committee Costuming, we launch the production of costumes.