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How Hair and Costume Help Bring Halle Bailey's Ariel To Life In 'The Little Mermaid'



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Oscar winners Camille Friend and Colleen Atwood create new memories through the live-action remake of the Disney classic.


Fashionista: In Disney's live-action remake of the 1989 animated classic, "The Little Mermaid," you will get chills — if not cry — when Halle Bailey belts out "Part of Your World" as Ariel.

She ends the number by leaping out of the sea and onto a rock to stare longingly at land. Her pearlescent mermaid costume (or scales and tail, rather) shimmers in the sunlight, and her famous hair flip — in dramatic slo-mo — completes the reimagining of that indelible scene.


The costumes by Colleen Atwood and hair design by Camille Friend help conjure the warm and fuzzy nostalgia, while simultaneously creating new memories and making an impact on the next generation of Disney fans — even before the film's release. Friend recalls a parent reaching out after the trailer came out, excited for the movie.

"I just really I started crying," she says. "Because when you're doing the work, you don't think about the big picture and how it really affects people. People were like, 'My little girl saw this, and I just want you to know.' That's special."

Ahead, Friend and Atwood discuss how they brought the beloved characters to life in the live-action "The Little Mermaid."


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