one could fairly expect a fashion column about elaborate outfits and the right
tiara with the right gown.
Disney Channel’s Princess Protection
Program, airing Friday, June 26, also stars a very regular teen, however.
Carter Mason (Selena Gomez, Wizards of
Waverly Place) is the typical all-American girl. Like most high-school
students, she appears to have to dress on a budget.
“Carter’s look is very simple,” Gomez says.
“She is helping out her dad rather than thinking about fashion. She wears baggy
“That kid would look cute in a Hefty bag,”
says Amy Stofsky the princess film’s costume designer. “Some people in life
just have style, and Selena is one of them. She knows how to wear clothes, so
it makes it very easy to put anything on her. In one scene, she is wearing her
father’s shirt, and she was adorable. She knows how to rock with it.”
The film needs to establish the
personalities of the two main characters, Carter and Princess Rosalinda (Demi
Lovato, Gomez’s real-life best friend). Initially, their wardrobes are obvious
because of their different lifestyles, but when Princess Rosalinda must live
with Carter, they share Carter’s clothes.
Jeans, naturally, are the fashion mainstay
of teenagers, and Stofsky introduced them to Adriano Goldschmied jeans. Carter
Carter’s tops are from Free People and
“A lot of Lucky actually,” Stofsky says,
“because in Puerto Rico that was one of my main squeezes. It went with the
tomboy essence we tried to give to Selena’s character.”
Puerto Rico stood in for the Louisiana
bayou in the film, and since Carter’s dad runs a bait shop, where she works,
she needs practical clothes, especially shoes. She wears a lot of sneakers,
The girls, though, eventually get to shed
the mundane in favor of prom frocks. They check out a secondhand store, from
which Carter models a bunch of dresses, which really are secondhand dresses,
Stofsky points out.
For the prom, however, both are dressed in
elegant Jessica McClintock gowns.
“I wear tons of dresses,” Gomez says. “And
the design was fun.”
Though the character doesn’t wear much
jewelry, Stofsky found a symbolic necklace.
“The one piece she wore all the time is a Me
& Ro necklace,” Stofsky says. “I put that in all my shows. I love their
jewelry. It sort of blends into Selena’s character. Last year when we were
shopping, there were a lot of things with birds on them. I was trying to find
something identifiable with a character because Selena was such a free spirit,
it seemed soaring into her life with the free spirit. The bird had something