Descendants’ Costume Designer Dressed the Villains in Clothes Inspired by the Royal Wedding

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Descendants' costume designer, Kara Saun, dished to Us on dressing Maleficent, making more than 1,000 costumes, and being inspired by the royal wedding; see exclusive photos here Jack Rowand/Disney Channel

Still dreaming about Kate Middleton's wedding dress? You're not alone!

Us Weekly just sat down with Kara Saun—the costume designer behind the latest Disney Channel movie, Descendants, about the villains' little princes and princesses. According to the couturier, it was a happily ever after—the wedding of the century, in fact—that inspired the characters' threads.

"All these kids [in the movie] are like royalty—they're fairy tale royalty!" Saun said, referencing the teen semi-baddies Mal (Maleficent's daughter), Evie (the Evil Queen's daughter), Carlos (Cruella De Vil's son), and Jay (Jafar's son). "For me, the only other way to think about their lives was to think about [Prince William and Kate Middleton's] royal wedding."

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Kate Middleton and Prince William's royal wedding served as inspiration for the costumes in the Disney Channel movie "Descendants." Samir Hussein/WireImage

She continued, "I went back and looked at William and Kate's wedding—the walking up the steps, coming in a carriage, how the other guests were kings and queens and other dignitaries… It was all a huge inspiration to me for the coronation scenes."

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Dove Cameron stars as Mal and Sofia Carson stars as Evie in Disney Channel's "Descendants." Here are their coronation scene costumes, designed by Kara Saun. Disney Channel/Bob D'Amico (2)

The coronation in question belongs to King Beast and Queen Belle's son, Ben. And naturally, where there's a royal gala, there's also a slew of stunning dresses—including the purple, pleated lace confection that Mal (Dove Cameron) dons. Saun said it's her favorite out of the more than 1,000 costumes she created.

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Disney Channel's original movie "Descendants" stars Booboo Stewart as Jay, Dove Cameron as Mal, Sofia Carson as Evie, and Cameron Boyce as Carlos. Eike Schroter/Disney Channel

"I love Mal's coronation gown!" the designer told Us. "I wanted layers and layers of pleated chiffon, a long flowing train, a high collar, and for it to be in her signature purple, of course." Saun added that Mal goes through a major style transformation in the film, so the dress' reveal is a special moment. "She goes from an edgy punk girl, to a preppy punk, to a punk princess at the end—that fairy tale moment."

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Disney Channel's original movie "Descendants" stars Booboo Stewart as Jay, Sofia Carson as Evie, Maz Jobrani as Jafar, Dove Cameron as Mal, Kathy Najimy as The Evil Queen, Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent, Cameron Boyce as Carlos and Wendy Raquel Robinson as Cruella de Vil. Bob D'Amico/Disney Channel

Dressing Mal's mom, Maleficent, played by Kristin Chenoweth, was a big delight for the designer, too. "My other favorite was Maleficent, because of course—she's the queen of all evil!" Saun joked. "Kristin was just amazing, and she loved her costume, too. I mean, who doesn't love Maleficent?"

To see all the costumes in action, tune in to Descendants on Friday, July 31, at 8 p.m. ET on The Disney Channel.

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