Wardrobe Breakdown: Halle Bailey Performing “Part Of Your World” On ‘American Idol’

The singer-actress, Halle Bailey who stars as Ariel in the upcoming live-action film, performed the song for hundreds of fans in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle at the Disneyland Resort. A new featurette on Bailey is available now as well. The Little Mermaid,” helmed by visionary filmmaker Rob Marshall, opens exclusively in theaters nationwide May 26, 2023. See who made her custom gown and more info with her performance on American Idol last night as well and video clip…

Michael Fausto was pleased to announce that actress, Halle Bailey, wore a custom Michael Fausto gown for her incredible performance of “Part of Your World”, on American Idol’s Disney Night. Additionally, Fausto worked closely with Disney’s creative team, crafting a fantastical set which centered around the mermaid-like gown while cast against the illuminated Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Developed exclusively for Ms. Bailey, this custom made ‘‘Aphrodite Gown’ is an exuberant burst of vibrant oceanic blue, cut in a lustrous Italian silk zibeline. The silhouette is reminiscent of the iconic Little Mermaid scene, during “Part of Your World (Reprise)”, where Ariel is singing on the rocks while waves crash behind her. Echoing this moment, the dramatic scallop shell draping envelopes the body and cascades into a trumpet silhouette and grandiose platform.

“The Little Mermaid” is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea and, while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden from interacting with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy. The film stars singer and actress Halle Bailey (“grown-ish”) as Ariel; Jonah Hauer-King (“A Dog’s Way Home”) as Eric; Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton”) as the voice of Sebastian; Awkwafina (“Raya and the Last Dragon”) as the voice of Scuttle; Jacob Tremblay (“Luca”) as the voice of Flounder; Noma Dumezweni (“Mary Poppins Returns”) as The Queen; Art Malik (“Homeland”) as Sir Grimsby; with Oscar® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men”) as King Triton; and two-time Academy Award® nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” “Bridesmaids”) as Ursula.

“The Little Mermaid” is directed by Oscar® nominee Rob Marshall (“Chicago,” “Mary Poppins Returns”) with a screenplay by two-time Oscar nominee David Magee (“Life of Pi,” “Finding Neverland”). The songs feature music from multiple Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”) and lyrics by Howard Ashman, and new lyrics by three-time Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film is produced by two-time Emmy® winner Marc Platt (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” “Grease Live!”), Miranda, two-time Emmy winner John DeLuca (“Tony Bennett: An American Classic”), and Rob Marshall, with Jeffrey Silver (“The Lion King”) serving as executive producer.


(Photos by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

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