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Fashion Inspiration: Disney Villains – Cruella de Vil


101 Dalmatians Cruella

Although Disney Villains aren’t exactly role models, they do tend to be inspirational when it comes to fashion. Even the amazing makeup label MAC found them inspirational, releasing a Disney Villains-inspired makeup collection. As requested by many of you, over the next few weeks, I’ll be breaking down fashion inspired by these wicked characters.

I thought that after last week’s Fashion Challenge on wearing faux fur, Cruella de Vil from Walt Disney’s 101 Dalmatians would be a great villain to use as inspiration.

Like the previous articles in this series, the purpose of this article is to use childhood icons as inspiration for outfits that you can actually pull off as a college student. All it takes is a little creativity!

For more Disney-inspired looks, check out our past articles on Disney-Inspired fashion! Walt Disney’s Snow White, Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Walt Disney’s Cinderella, Walt Disney’s Princess Jasmine, Walt Disney’s Princess Tiana, Walt Disney’s Pocahontas, Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jane Porter from Disney’s Tarzan, Megara from Disney’s Hercules, Emeralda from Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Walt Disney’s Mulan, Walt Disney’s The Lion King, Walt Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Part 1 and Part 2, Classic Walt Disney Characters, and The Evil Queen from Disney’s Snow White.

About Cruella

If you couldn’t tell she was evil by her looks, her name gives it away. Cruella de Vil is a combination of the words “cruel” and “devil”, a fitting title for this villain. The only thing she loves in life is fur, and she sets her sights on 15 dalmatian puppies for her next coat.

Fortunately, her evil plan to turn 99 dalmation puppies into outerwear is eventually thwarted by the valiant efforts of two dalmatian parents, however, Cruella certainly comes close to achieving her goal, and looks fiercely evil while doing so! Read on for fashion inspired by this sinister villain.

Typical Cruella

Typical Cruella

Though she’s evil, Cruella is all about glamour. To emulate her look, I used a form-fitting deep red dress, sheer tights, slingbacks, and, of course, a (faux) fur coat.

typical cruella
Coat- Shop Ruche, Brooch- Avalaya, Shoes- Lori’s Shoes, Dress- Modcloth, Bag- Miss Selfridge,  Tights- Anthropologie

Cruella at Home

Cruella at Home

Cruella’s only outfit change in the movie is when she is at home in her pajamas (still wearing fur, of course). Contrary to her usual color palette of red, black, and white, Cruella’s home is decorated in shades of pink. To channel this scene, I used her home decor as well as her night clothes as inspiration for an outfit.

Cruella at home outfit
Tights- Betsey Johnson, Top- J. Crew, Necklace- Miss Selfridge,  Skirt- Wet Seal, Coat- Modcloth, Shoes- Forever 21

Road Rage

Last Attempt to Catch the Puppies

While chasing the puppies at the end of the film, Cruella loses her cool and glamorous persona, and unleashes her inner maniac. Although she is still wearing her glam outfit, she looks a bit disheveled. To mimic this scene, I made an outfit that looks a bit thrown-together, but still sophisticated at the same time.

Road Rage Outfit
Top- Topshop, Shoes- Nine West,  Ring- Topshop, Skirt- Yes Style,  Stole- Topshop, Clutch- Endless

Bonus: Anita and Roger

Anita and Roger

I have always found Anita and Roger’s looks inspirational, so I felt it necessary to include an outfit inspired by both of them. To do so, I combined tapered plaid trousers, oxford shoes, earth tones, and of course, a wide-brimmed hat.

Anita and Roger Outfit
Bag- Topshop,  Hat- ASOS,  Pants- Topshop,  Top- Miss Selfridge, Shoes- Delia’s

What do you think?

Are you inspired by the Cruella de Vil? Which looks are your favorite? Which Disney villains would you be interested in seeing posts about in the future? I want to know what you think, so be sure to leave your thoughts in a comment!

Posted on on November 17, 2010 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , ,

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30 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: Disney Villains – Cruella de Vil”

  1. 1
    November 17th, 2010 at 12:06 pm


  2. 2
    November 17th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Love the first outfit!
    And the Anita-look is so adorbs!

  3. 3
    November 17th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    this is SO CUTE

  4. 4
    November 17th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I love this post!! She might have been evil, but girlfriend had some serious personality

  5. 5
    November 17th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Oh, I like the Roger and Anita look. The ribbon ties on the oxfords and the perfect hat and bag make the outfit. I want it.

  6. 6
    November 17th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    i love anitas look!!

  7. 7
    November 17th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Nice post! Thank you! :)

  8. 8
    November 17th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I love LOVE LOVE The third look! i might have to pull something like that together for my christmas party!
    Cruella is my favourite villain by far!

    I know this is kinda nit-picky, but she doesn’t actually ever have 101 puppies, there’s only 99 of them and 101 includes Pongo and Perdita! Sorry, I just watche the movie and my sister pointed it out!
    WOuld have been cute to see a dalmatian inspired peice, but I love then all anyways! Well done!

  9. 9
    November 17th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Those pants in the last look are great! The dress in the first look has such a great color and the ring in the second look is way too cool.

  10. 10
    November 17th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I had to click on every single piece in the Anita/Roger outfit. Ah-mazing!

    I thought you did Cruella well too, but they’re way more my style.

  11. 11
    November 17th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I HAVE THOSE SHOES FROM DELIA’S!!! They are the BEST shoes ever! And I saw them on this site, on a previous post. Thanks for posting them, because I bought them :) budget friendly and adorable!

  12. 12
    November 17th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I am so glad you did an inspiration board on cruella. I’m planning on putting together a Cruella outfit for this summer.

    But I have to say my fav from this post is the Anita-inspired hat!!

  13. 13
    November 17th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Absolutely LOVING the Anita look. It’s just so, so… I just don’t know the words to describe it’s absolute perfection.

  14. 14
    November 17th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    LOVE the Anita and Roger look!

  15. 15
    November 17th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Those shoes from delia’s are so cute! I should definitely get them.

  16. 16
    November 17th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I just LOVE LOVE LOVE these articles!!!

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    November 17th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    That is so weird that you posted those black Sam Edelman peep toe slingback pumps in the first outfit! I literally had my eye on those all weekend and went on and bought them 5 min before coming to this site! Great minds think alike!

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    November 18th, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Usually you have the characters pegged, and while I like these outfits I think Cruella is much more opulent than the first look really suggests.

    But I do LOVE Anita/Roger’s outfit.

  19. 19
    November 18th, 2010 at 5:04 am

    I absolutely love the last outfit in this post. And the last Cruella outfit too.

  20. 20
    November 18th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I think the Roger and Anita outfit is awesome. My style is definitely girly and feminine, so that really appeals to me. I desire to include menswear but haven’t really figured out how yet.

    Your interpretations of Cruella are spot-on. I really like the outfits you put together. Can’t wait to see the next!

  21. 21
    November 18th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    like everyone else, loving the roger/anita outfit. :)

  22. 22
    November 18th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Could you do fashion inspired by Harry Potter in honor of the 7th movie coming out? Maybe you already have, I’m kind of new to the site. If so, is there any way to repost?

  23. 23
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Chelsea – Thanks for pointing that out! Totally my fault – I added that in when I was editing and obviously need to brush up on my Disney movies! It’s fixed now! :)

  24. 24
    November 18th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I love this post! The bonus outfit is especially cute. I would totally wear something similar. :D

  25. 25
    November 18th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Awesome post! Definitely one of my favorites as of late. Anita’s and Roger’s is the best. :)

  26. 26
    November 18th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I love these disney outfits!

    Cruella is actually my favorite villain (besides Ursulla) which is ironic because i am a huge animal rights activist lol.

    I love these outfits you put together. Especially Anita’s! i would totally wear that…

  27. 27
    November 25th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Love it! Following the general trend of comments, the Anita curve ball is especially excellent.

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