Disney has collaborated with Project Runway All Stars’ Layana Aguilar to design the ball gown for Elena of Avalor, Disney’s first princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore. Elena will make her debut in a TV series this summer on Disney Channel.
“Elena of Avalor” follows the story of Elena, a brave and adventurous teenager who saves her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen. Elena’s adventures will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders. Aimee Carrero (Freeform’s “Young & Hungry”) stars as the voice of Elena.
Attached are images of Layana and the ball gown that she designed, which also served as the inspiration for the dress that Elena will wear at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort when she begins making appearances later this year. At Walt Disney World Resort, Elena will appear in the Magic Kingdom beginning in August. At Disneyland Resort, she will appear at Disney California Adventure this fall.
About Layana Aguilar
Best known as a fan-favorite contestant on Project Runway (Season 11) and Project Runway All Stars (Season 5), Layana Aguilar has gone on to create her own successful brand including a contemporary womenswear label designed to celebrate the many roles that women play in their day-to-day lives while owning their individuality and feeling empowered, and has designed for top celebrities such as Beyoncé, Heidi Klum, Dascha Polanco and others.
Born and raised in Brazil, Aguilar moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a career in fashion. She differentiates her style by blending her experiences from living in New York City with her native Brazilian culture. She currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and two young children.