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Color is often used intentionally in movies. I found it interesting that in Frozen the color palette for the winter dress that Anna bought in Oaken's store is similar to Elsa's coronation dress. I don't know why the producers of the movie decided to depart from what seems like Anna's standard green palette.

Elsa coronation dressAnna's winter dress

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    Fashion follow royalty. Oaken is no fool, he knows what's good to sell. – cde Nov 30 '15 at 23:10
  • @cde Oaken is a savvy businessman but he'd be incredible to produce a winter outfit that matches Elsa's coronation outfit within hours. Especially since this was his only set of winter clothes for sale. Oaken was clearly taken by surprise with the whole weather change or his winter section would be more robust. – Erik Dec 1 '15 at 17:19
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This is discussed in the "Art of Frozen" book.

[Michael] Giaimo is an extremely analytical designer, and when he imagined the costumes for the characters, he applied rigorous aesthetic standards. "For Anna's travel outfit, I wanted something that would be really striking and bold, yet elegant," he begins. "She's a princess, and that really blue skirt says royalty, as does the magenta cape. I thought those two colors would be really striking, because there's a rich saturation to both of them. But there's always a little bit of black on the characters: it helps anchor the saturation, so it doesn't float into the atmosphere."

The warmer green palette was reserved for Anna as she grew and reflected her "sunny disposition". Obviously by the point in the film that she's changed clothes, her disposition is slightly more reserved.

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  • Anna's final costume is also in the green palette after Elsa melts the snow. So is the progression "sunny" to "slightly reserved" (but willing to declare Hans is her true love), back to "sunny"? – Erik Nov 30 '15 at 23:11
  • @Erik - That certainly seems to be the implication. When she's worried about her sister, her clothing becomes far more clasically "regal" in both design and palette. At the end she has largely returned to being the younger sister. – user7812 Nov 30 '15 at 23:14
  • So green is "younger sister" mode and "classically regal" is protector/helper/equal mode? – Erik Nov 30 '15 at 23:17
  • @Erik - Yes, and note how rustic and understated her final outfit is in comparison to Elsa's "Ice Queen" dress. It's not hard to see which one is the support and which is the leader. – user7812 Nov 30 '15 at 23:27

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