7 has always been my number but today is not my day. My time at Disney has been full of joy, wonderful talented people, and great projects. As this door closes, a bigger and brighter one is opening somewhere. (Disney Interactive Layoffs)
There is a great deal of sensitivity going on for this entire episode, as each color in Chinese culture has a significance that we had to be aware of. Also, numbers are very important, and especially around the time of Chinese New Year, so I made a point to point out the number four (which is homophonous to the word “death”.
In addition, due to China’s very long and rich history, I wanted to represent a variety of clothing and eras that still felt timeless. The Mao suits are inspired by classic military clothing which came into popularity during Mao’s lifetime, in addition to the qi pao/cheongsam, also popular in the turn of the century is still worn today in Cantonese weddings. Ashley and Marama are in outfits that are what we would see in the Han period, (and you’ll notice that Ashley’s Hanfu dress is very similiar to Mulan’s).
Another note that I sent out to our design team: Black is not worn during Chinese New Year and was to be avoided at all costs (which is also mentioned in the show!).
I’m so blessed to have had the opportunity to have such a big creative impact on this series, and am looking forward to the next project coming down the line. Until then! <3