Richard Schaefer is a talented costume design major at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, but he’s also a huge fan of Disney fairy-tale characters, so he spends a lot of his time creating real-life costumes of princes and princesses.
The young Disney costume maker is also quite androgynous, and he knows it. So in addition to creating the costumes, wigs and accessories of all his favorite characters, Richard is also very capable of showing them off on himself. In fact the popularity of Ariel’s Grotto, his Tumblr photo blog, went through the roof after photos of a prince to princess transformation starring Richard as the model were picked up by popular media outlets like Buzzfeed. He used a lot of makeup to slip into the skin of Disney princesses, but the result is nothing short of impressive. One could say he does a better job playing the princesses that he does the princes.
Tiana and Naveen, “The Princess and the Frog”
Ariel and Eric, “The Little Mermaid”
Aurora and Philip, “Sleeping Beauty”
Cinderella and Prince Charming, “Cinderella”
Rapunzel and Flynn Rider , “Entangled”
Snow White and Prince Charming, “Snow White”
Belle and the Beast, “Beauty and the Beast”
Elsa from “Frozen”
Photos: RAS Designs/Facebook/Tumblr