I recently read this article from Seventeen that made me laugh. The article is “If Disney Princess Dresses Were Historically Accurate” and it is gold. When we were younger, thinking about the time period the movie took place in was not really on our agenda. We were so involved in knowing if the princess was going to find the prince and live happily ever after. Right? Lets take a look at some of the historically accurate illustrations by HBO production designer Claire Hummel.
First up is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Classic.
The original Belle is seen with a fuller skirt and looking ever so lovely. The redesigned Belle depicts a much more realistic idea of what Belle’s dress would have looked like. Belle would have been wearing a corset during this time period (1740) with an elaborate Stomacher. The Belle on the right is much more flat, due to this stomacher. It was elaborately detailed and made the front of women flat.. like a board. The skirt is also a major difference. 1740s is when bigger was better. Women had full skirts with cages underneath. This was the peak of the fullest, most ridiculous skirts.
Next, we will look at Arielle from The Little Mermaid.
Arielle’s dress is significantly different. The people of the internet have dated the movie to
take place in 1840. In This time, the dresses were not full all around, as the original Arielle is depicted. The new Arielle’s skirt is much more accurate, with the fullness of the skirt being placed primarily in the back. Women of this time wore bustles, giving the backs of the skirts most of the volume. The sleeves on both Arielles are slightly off. The Leg o’ Mutten look was most common during this time (for long sleeves) where the top was fuller and then it became more fitted towards the bottom. The Arielles are just a slight, glamorous exaggeration of the real deal. The original Arielle is also not wearing a corset, which was a staple piece in fashion until the 1920s.
Finally, we are going to look at Snow White.
Snow White is said to have taken place between 1500-1550. The two looks that have been provided for Snow White are a mixture of formal and casual wear for the time. The collars were seen in royalty and mainly in formal settings. The silhouette of the dress is more on the casual side of things. The sleeves are also interpretations of what was really happening in the time period. Sleeves were much fuller and ornate. the 16th century is not my favorite time period but I do love the interpretations of the artists.
Want to see the whole collection? Read the whole article HERE!