To create the perfect red carpet look for leading lady Auli’i Cravalho – the voice of Disney’s Moana – the studio tapped New Zealand fashion designer Kiri Nathan. Kiri dressed the rising star in a stunning, cobalt blue gown with a cascading, wave-like train emulating the shades of the ocean (Moana means “ocean” in several Polynesian languages). Auli’i debuted the look at last night’s Moana premiere.
Check out the exclusive, behind-the-scenes video from Disney showcasing the “making of” the dress. Watch the design team discuss each intricate element of the garment, which pays homage to Māori culture and tradition; and see 15-year old Auli’i’s reaction as she meets with the designer for the big reveal of the gorgeous gown.
The dress incorporated:
- Flower designs, traditionally worn when hosting or welcoming.
- Kona pattern, representing authority and determination.
- Raranga weaving and Whakairo carving.
- Pounamu jewelry, the most precious stone to the Māori, only found in the south island of New Zealand, and the most significant gift you can give to another person.