“Um, we don’t want to be rude or anything, but you might not be princess material.” (giggle, hair flip, hip jut)
The dress caught my eye as soon as I turned the page. Best described as ethereal, it would be the perfect gown in which to float down the aisle. Then I noticed that the dress was attributed to “Kirstie Kelly for Disney.” It seems that Disney now fancies itself an atelier, the House of Mouse as it were, and has recently started producing a line of coutour wedding dresses inspired by the princesses from its movies–Cinderella, Belle, Ariel and the gang. This was a “Jasmine” dress.
While the idea of purchasing my dress from a conglomerate such as Disney ranked right up there with having my reception sponsored by Verizon, I decided that sartorial lust would have to trump the oddity of having my gown come from the same company responsible for Mighty Ducks III: Estevez Fights for His Dignity.
I called the only shop in the area listed as selling it. After informing me that they didn’t have it in stock but could order it for me, the sales woman said hesitantly, “Um, the only thing is. I don’t want to be…um…it’s just that that dress looks good on a certain body type. How tall are you?” “I’m 5′ 8″,” I said. “Oh, well that’s good,” she said, seeming to perk up. “But are you…?” “I’m a size 8,” I said dryly, quickly realizing where this was going. “Ohhhh,” she said, letting her breath out, again deflated. “Yeahhhh, that dress is really made for someone who’s a 4 or a 6.”
So there it is. The company whose Princess cartel has been pumping ridiculous body images to little girls is now selling the same self-doubt to adult women, only this time with a $3,000 price tag. Adding insult to injury, they’re calling the collection “Fairy Tale Weddings.” Apparently. They’re selling dresses in an entirely consumer-oriented arm of fashion (bridal coutour is meant to be purchased by the masses, not a select few) while ignoring the reality that the average American female is 5’4″ and wears a size 12.
But at Disney it is indeed a small %&@# world after all.