Esmeralda (Red perfomance dress) - Hunchback of Notre Dame


Ayacon 2011


When I was a little girl, I remember when I watched the dancing scene from the film I really loved the colours of the dress and the way it was animated - so angelic and light. One day a long time ago, I saw a doll of Esmeralda wearing that red dress and I was like - sooo pretty, me want! 8D ...unfortunately I never got hold of that doll as I had quite a few already ^^;
But now that I'm older, why own a doll with the beautiful dress when I can make a life sized dress myself? ^_~ Not only was it the dress that caught my attention but I've always loved her feisty attitude and her design - the one thing that caught my attention from the very beginning was her amazingly striking eyes! o.o and even now, I honestly think she is one of the prettiest Disney heroins ever
I would love to cosplay as her but I'm unsure as I'm not tanned enough...

UPDATE 25/07/11

Ok so listening to God help the outcast really put me in the mood to make this cosplay :) Made a start and so far though the bodice was quicker than I thought to sew, the sleeves were a problem to put on.... hope the end result will be ok...

UPDATE 22/08/11

LOL only just realised this is not only my third Disney cosplay but my third black haired princess XD Wore this at Ayacon and I loved it despite sweating like mad! >.< Especially loved my Disney group and the amazing Lozzie as my twin <3 A huge thanks also to Fi (Crystalneko) for being an amazing photographer!! <3

FusionRose posted on 5 May, 2011 - 22:28
eeeeee! can't wait to see this bub you are gonna look gorgeous! x.

InfiniteJester posted on 28 June, 2011 - 15:09
i can actually really see u as her! and dont worry about lookin tanned enuf, i think your skin tone will match fine for her!

KiraraYumi posted on 28 June, 2011 - 15:24
Go for it! 8D You'll make the dress look beautiful and you'll look amazing, don't worry about skin tone! 'Sides, HoND is one of the best Disney animated movies and needs more recognition ;3 Hope you'll cosplay her, you'll look nothing short of fantastic^^

Pandora-Chi posted on 29 June, 2011 - 14:39
Awww you guys are way too kind <3 I hope I will get to do this cosplay and will promise to do Esmeralda justice! Thank you xxx

BabemRoze posted on 29 June, 2011 - 15:42
You're gonna look gorgeous! :D I love this outfit ^_^

FuriePhoenix posted on 25 July, 2011 - 18:55
This is going to look AMAZING!

ElegantAura posted on 25 July, 2011 - 21:00
Excellent choice, I adore this dress! Progress is looking fabulous <3

SamanthaKaiba posted on 25 July, 2011 - 23:49
loving the progress on this

FusionRose posted on 26 July, 2011 - 00:26
Progress looks awesome <3 x.

BabemRoze posted on 26 July, 2011 - 11:20
Looks really stunning! :D!

Tsuchinoko posted on 26 July, 2011 - 14:51
The progress is looking great, can't wait to see this =D

Kacela posted on 26 July, 2011 - 15:50
Progress is great, this will be gorgeous when finished =]

Eloraborealis posted on 26 July, 2011 - 16:37
Oooh pretty dress, this is looking great! :D

DuskatNight posted on 26 July, 2011 - 16:42
Wow that is pretty. :3

j_mercuryuk posted on 26 July, 2011 - 16:56
looking very pretty

FuriePhoenix posted on 26 July, 2011 - 18:49
omg thats so gorgeous!!! You look amazing!!

SamanthaKaiba posted on 27 July, 2011 - 02:01
This is amazing...looking good

BabemRoze posted on 27 July, 2011 - 11:07
LOVE LOVE LOVE! You're so effing talented and you look gorgeous!

Pandora-Chi posted on 27 July, 2011 - 15:30
WOW thank you so so much everyone for your kind comments! -^//_//^- *bows*

Ichigo-Chan posted on 27 July, 2011 - 22:43
Beautiful progress! the dress really suits you.

Lozzie posted on 12 August, 2011 - 23:27
gooooorgeous!!!! <3

Natsumi posted on 15 August, 2011 - 00:25
This is looking beeeeeautiful so far! <3

InfiniteJester posted on 15 August, 2011 - 19:35
looks stunnin so far!

FuriePhoenix posted on 19 August, 2011 - 10:20
looks amazing so far! You did so well on her crown! Cant wait to see it all complete and together!

SamanthaKaiba posted on 22 August, 2011 - 20:33
You look simply beautiful...you suited her so much

BabemRoze posted on 22 August, 2011 - 20:36
You were so gorgeous! :D I wish I'd got more photos of you!

JustPeachy posted on 22 August, 2011 - 20:44
Your Esmeralda is so beautiful, perfect! It was so nice to get to meet you in person too!

Lozzie posted on 22 August, 2011 - 20:48
my twin sister!!!!! you looked gorgeous, and you're so tiny compared to me i wanted to pick you up and put you in my pocket! Such a stunning dress <3 Lovely meeting you xxxxxxxx

KiraraYumi posted on 23 August, 2011 - 00:02
You TOTALLY pulled her off! You look terrifically gorgeous, well done! =D

j_mercuryuk posted on 23 August, 2011 - 08:46
This looks great, you really did the original outfit justice. As always, you look amaing :D

Frederica la Noir posted on 23 August, 2011 - 10:59
Both you and Lozzie are amazing Esmeraldas 8D was lovely to see you at Aya! Hope to see you again at a con soon :) xxx

Monkey posted on 23 August, 2011 - 14:41
You looked sooooo gorgeous in this outfit I loved seeing you in it! It was lovely to meet you, you are so nice and friendly and I very much enjoyed hanging with all the Disney girls! <3

CrystalNeko posted on 23 August, 2011 - 15:03
You looked soooo pretty as Esmerelda! Was a pleasure getting photos of you :B

Donna posted on 23 August, 2011 - 15:12
I love this version of Esmeralda, you look gorgeous.

Tsuchinoko posted on 23 August, 2011 - 15:32
This was such a lovely cosplay ^_^

FuriePhoenix posted on 23 August, 2011 - 15:41
looks amazing! Really beautiful!

Ranma1-2 posted on 23 August, 2011 - 16:01
Gorgeous. I love the fabric and the top line fits you like a dream. :)

rosieroo posted on 23 August, 2011 - 17:06
this dress is beautiful

Angelphie posted on 23 August, 2011 - 17:19
This is so pretty and beautifully made! I love the fabric, the volume of that skirt and you did a great job working with the chiffon.

Pandora-Chi posted on 24 August, 2011 - 15:21
OMG I have sooo much to reply to ^^;; well first of all THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone for your wonderful kind words! -^^- I honesty didn't expect this much positive reception so I am truly grateful to you all!! T^T @ babemroze - thank you again for the photo sweetie and I wish I coulda stayed longer but I had to be rushed away for a disney photoshoot ^^;; but this is one of my favoruite dresses that I've sewn so I wouldn't mind rewearing it ^_~ x @ kawaii_princess - aww thank you lovely and it was so wonderful meeting you - hope to see you at another con 8D @ Lozzie - Awww that comment about me being small just made me feel so happy and proud that I'm short lol :D I really enjoyed having photos with you - it's one of my best cosplay memories! and I so gope I get to see you at another con - miss you xxxxx @ kirarayumi - aww it means so much for you to say that thank you! ^^ I'm glad I did her justice! *hugs* @ frederica la noir - thank you! ^^ I always love meeting u at the cons - you're so kind and always stunning in cosplay -^^- hope to see u at expo xxx @ monkey - awww you're so lovely and sweet too ^^ I really apologise that I didn't know u were the Rapunzel I met at Minami - so sorry!! ^^; I really liked your tinkerbell!! our disney group was so fun - be up for another one! 8D Hope to c u at another con x @ Crystalneko - thank you again for being my awesome photographer! words can't express how thankful I am -^^- xxxxxx @ angelphie - It was lovely meeting u again and aww thanks so much - I was dreading the chiffon loads but glad it looked good when I finished xx And once again, I love you all for these kind words!!! xxxxxxxxxxx

Numta posted on 28 August, 2011 - 13:43
Your Esmeralda was gorgeous! Well done! =]

Ichigo-Chan posted on 28 August, 2011 - 16:15
I really love your Esmeralda cosplay. everything about this cosplay is so perfect.

eternal_aranel posted on 29 August, 2011 - 18:51
:O I never saw this at Aya!!! This is one of my fav outfits ever to come out of Disney!! Its so beautiful! You did an amazing job!! <3

Ashe posted on 2 September, 2011 - 03:05
Aw, I'm so gutted I missed this! It looks amazing!!

Natsumi posted on 6 September, 2011 - 23:28
I too am totally gutted I missed this, it turned out great! You make a stunning Esmie! * _ * (Thankyou for your comment! I shall do my best to get it ready for that Sat! Excite! :D)

Nomes posted on 28 October, 2011 - 12:59
That dress is stunning!

Siouxsie James posted on 31 August, 2012 - 21:42
I have never seen this cosplayed before O_O looks awesome!!

15th August 2011


Besides the dress, this was the other bit of the cosplay I was actually worried about - as a cheap option I used craft foam and I went through three different crowns til eventually I was happy with it even though it still looks pretty naff XD Pink: 1st attempt (awkward shape), Blue: 2nd attempt (too tall), Gold: Final crown (pva covered and spray painted with a red nugget) All I have left to do is glue it onto a hair band - and hopefully after, will have a preview photo of what it looks like when wear it :D

14th August 2011

Wig test

Decide to put on what I have so far of the cosplay except the make up as I couldn't be asked XD

28th July 2011

Bracelet part 2

For the left arm bracelets, in the end I stuck with the cuff and got two smaller bracelets - it's been a bit annoying as I went through like 3 or 4 different sizes before I was satisfied with them ¬¬ any ways, all I did was spray paint them gold giving them a nice high gold sheen ^o^ LEFT: Original RIGHT: Edited

26th July 2011

Finished dress

Gotta clean up a few things first with the dress but other than that, I can't believe I made it this quickly!! O.o Some areas of the hemming still look a little messy but other than that I'm quite proud of it :D

25th July 2011

Sleeve progress

Drafted out roughly one of the sleeves using the actual chiffon fabric - the sleeve pattern is literally a circle and I think it hangs ok ^^;

25th July 2011

Circle skirt

I also roughly drew out the circle skirts a few days back - the bottom half of my dress is like Anastsia's - I used crepe satin and two layers of organza - I always imagined Esmeralda's dress to be a circle dress cos it's quote 'floaty'

25th July 2011

Bodice progress

Feeling much better today, I decided to make a start on the bodice of this cosplay as after rewatching Hunchback of Notre Dame and constantly playing 'God help the outcast', I really wanted to make this dress :D NOTE: The white chiffon is not part of the cosplay - it's a scrap testing how the sleeve sits

25th July 2011


As well as making the start on the bodice, I also decided to hem the wrap which I decided would look great using chiffon :D

24th July 2011


Got hold of some bracelets some time ago for this - I spray painted all three of them gold - now all I need to get is find something that looks like a cuff - had a cuff I could use but problem is - wearing that along with two of those bracelets makes everything look so chunky ¬.¬ so it's either I find a smaller cuff or small sized bracelets...

4th May 2011

Reference collage

Put this together to show the back, front, how long the dress is, how it drapes and the accessories she wears ^_~

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