As a child, I attended a very diverse church and during the summer our Polynesian Club would host a Luau. Although the food was delicious, my favorite part of the night was the dancing. I remember being so memorized by the performer’s costumes. Over time, I feel in love with the Polynesian culture. Therefore, I could not help being excited about Disney’s newest princess “Moana.”
This summer, I was blessed to attend a press event for Disney’s upcoming film “Moana” where I meet the members of the team who brought Disney’s princess. During the presentation, I learned a few fun fact about “Moana” clothing from the film’s costume designer Neysa Bové.
Here are 5 Fun Facts about Princess “Moana” Costume
1) Moana wears seven outfits in the movie, including the red tapa garment the character wears as a toddler when she first encounters the ocean character.
2) Moana’s main look includes a tapa top and pandanus skirt with a shredded pandanus underskirt. Costume designer Neysa Bové created the outfit so it would be suitable for an adventurer. “The skirt has a slit in front to allow movement— whether she’s swimming, running or navigating her canoe,” says Bové.
3) One elaborate outfit worn during a dance sequence is visible for just six seconds.
4) Inspired by the Taualuga ceremonies of Samoa, Bové created a ceremonial garment for Moana that is covered in shells and pearls. Her Tuiga—or headdress—has shells from the ocean and red feathers to symbolize royalty.
5) All the characters in “Moana” wear outfits made only from materials that would have been available to them 2,000 years ago.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho)meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers
the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.
Moana arrives in theatres everywhere on Novemeber 23rd.