Fashion Inspiration: Disney Villains – Maleficent

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Maleficent fashion - guide to fashion inspired by Disney's Maleficent

Although Disney Villains aren’t exactly role models, they do tend to be inspirational when it comes to fashion. And since winter is the perfect time of year for moody, dark outfits, I thought it would be fun to do some posts about fashion inspired by these wicked characters.

Last time, we talked about Cruella De Vil’s style. Next up is our Maleficent fashion guide. Scroll down to behold some wicked looks!

About Maleficent:

Maleficent, the evil fairy from Sleeping Beauty, is known as one of the darkest, most powerful Disney Villains. She has the ability to cast spells, transform herself, and control the weather. But despite her morbid characteristics, Maleficent remains a fan favorite.

Maelficient’s story begins at the baby Princess Aurora’s christening. As the three good fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, are bestowing gifts upon the Princess, Maleficent bursts into the room with a flash. Offended that she wasn’t invited to the christening, Maleficent bestows a curse: Before Aurora turns 16, she will die by pricking her finger on a spinning wheel. Aurora’s parents are devastated, but luckily a good fairy casts a spell to lessen the tragedy – Aurora will not die, but she will fall into a deep sleep, only to be awakened by the kiss of her true love.

On Aurora’s 16th birthday, Maleficent transforms herself into a spinning wheel and tricks the Princess into pricking her finger. Aurora falls into a deep sleep. When the good fairies discover her, they put the rest of the kingdom into a deep sleep, too, so they won’t have to endure the sorrow of what happened. Luckily, Prince Phillip, Aurora’s true love, was not in the kingdom when the fairies put everyone to sleep. In order to save Aurora and the kingdom, the Prince must fight off Maleficent’s obstacles and kiss the princess. Right before he reaches Aurora, he defeats Maleficent herself, in the form of a dragon. The kingdom and Aurora are saved.

Party Crasher

Maleficent knows how to make an entrance. Teleporting into a party that she wasn’t invited to, accompanied by green flames, is her go-to way to command attention.

Inspired by Maleficent, I made an outfit that is also sure to stand out, except in a much less sinister way. A black velvet dress is the perfect match for a villainess like Maleficent, as it gives off a sense of sophistication and darkness. And in true Maleficent fashion, I had to include her signature purple in the form of a scrunchie.

Maleficent fashion: Outfit inspired by Disney's maleficent with black velvet dress, purple velvet scruchie, green earrings, black purse, velvet heels

Products: Dress – & Other Stories, Shoes – Modcloth, Scrunchie – Forever 21, Earrings – Modcloth, Purse – H&M

A Queen and Her Pet

Maleficent is often shown with her pet raven. (Fun fact: Her raven’s name is Diablo!) He is her trusted companion, accompanying her wherever she goes.

Our Maleficent fashion guide wouldn’t be complete without her pet, so the outfit below is inspired by the relationship between Maleficent and Diablo.

This look starts with a green textured suit and black tank to blend edgy and whimsical with ease. The raven inspiration comes in through the accessories, namely a bird necklace, a feather cuff, and a standout feather bag.

Finish off the look with a chic pair of black heels — Maleficent would definitely approve of these vintage-inspired block heel pumps.

Maleficent fashion - outfit inspired by Disney's maleficent with green suit, black block heels, black satin cami, gold jewelry

Products: Necklace – Modcloth, Blazer – H&M, Pants – H&M, Top – ASOS, Cuff – Anthropologie, Bag – Anthropologie, Heels – Modcloth

The Big Finale

When Maleficent realizes that the Prince escaped her dungeon, she is furious. In the epic finale of the film, she transforms into a gigantic dragon in hopes of defeating the prince.

So, of course, this Maleficent fashion look is inspired by her iconic dragon transformation.

A leather top and bag are perfect choices to represent the scaly skin of a dragon. A green tulle skirt is a nod to the flames in the film — plus it’s so pretty, I had to include it! Finally, let’s complete the look with some sharp accessories and a pair of striking purple heels.

Maleficent fashion: Outfit inspired by Maleficent with green tulle skirt, red velvet heels, black leather top, gold jewelry

Products: Skirt – Modcloth, Top – H&M, Heels – ASOS, Ring – Hot Topic, Earrings – Modcloth, Bag – Mango

What do you think of our Maleficent fashion guide?

Are you inspired by Maleficent? Which looks are your favorite? I want to know what you think, so be sure to leave your thoughts in a comment!

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2010; it was completely updated and revamped in 2019 with new photos and information.

19 thoughts on “Fashion Inspiration: Disney Villains – Maleficent”

  1. Love the disney inspired outfits but could I suggest the 1997 Anastasia film by Fox, it’s got a lot of great outfits that I know you could do something amazing with 🙂

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  2. This one was SO fun! I feel Mleficent is the baddest Disney Villain around – and I think she should get more hype for it. You did a really amazing job, my only criticism is that a few pieces are kind of costumish to me – or at least some of the pairings.

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  3. This is easily my favorite Disney Villain post you’ve done – I may be biased though because to me Maleficent is the most evil and terrifying Disney Villain of all time! She is the best villain!
    I am particularly in love with the dress you selected for the first outfit – such a great way to play with the colors of her flames and dramatic entrances.
    Well done! 🙂

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  4. Wow! These outfits are all amazing! But the first one is my favorite… the color(s) is just spectacular! Can you please do Snow Queen next?

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  5. That first dress is PERFECT. I love all the outfits you’ve styled. I continue to be overall impressed by this series and it just keeps getting better!

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  6. Oh my goodness, that first dress is a total showstopper…and swtiches between my favourite colours green and blue. I am in love. ?

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  7. wow i’ve been following collegefashion for so long now, and i’ve never felt the need to comment. i must say that this was pretty amazing. let’s be honest, no one really like the villain in the disney classics. they’re drawn to look scary and terrible – not much to like or want to aspire to. however, the outfits you have chosen all have some REALLY great pieces that i am extremely surprised by. you definitely have a great eye. if i were a fashion magazine editor, i’d hire you in an instant.

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  8. Easily my favourite of the villains series…possibly of the entire Disney-inspired set of posts.

    Congrats on continously blowing me away with these posts!

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  9. I love the second outfit, minus the jacket. That dress is perfect–I wouldn’t want to cover it up. The raven handbag was genius.

    I am also in love with the third outfit. That dress fits the scene perfectly. I love the tattered skirt.

    Overall, great job.

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  10. this is the best one yet… and unfortunately the last. 🙁 i love the edgy/ grudgy elements you incorporated in all the looks ( like the layered skirt and raven bag) while keep it chic and polished.

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  11. Wow! I know this character has been long-awaited and I love it!

    I love everything about the first outfit- the dress, the shoes, the clutch. It’s so simple but still has that “wow” factor. I also love the second look- I can totally picture Blair Waldorf wearing that fabulous dress! Great job 🙂

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