Historical Versions of Disney Princesses by Claire Hummel

How Do Disney Princesses Stand Up to Historical Versions?

How Do Disney Princesses Stand Up to Historical Versions?

Just like modern-day princess Kate Middleton, Belle, Ariel, Snow White, and other Disney princesses have made their own iconic fashion statements. Illustrator Claire Hummel wondered about the historical accuracy of these cartoon creations, so she decided to do some research and give each princess a makeover based on what she learned.

According to Claire, some princesses were easier than others. Of Snow White, she told Flavorwire, it "is pretty easy to pinpoint in 16th-century Germany. Not that the film is accurate, but the clues are there." Others were more challenging. Claire explained: "The Little Mermaid is hard to place from a time period standpoint — Grimsby's wearing a Georgian getup, Ariel's pink dress with the slashed sleeves subscribes to several eras from the Renaissance to the 1840s, Eric is . . . Eric. I went with Ariel's wedding dress as a starting point since those gigantic leg-o-mutton sleeves (so embarrassingly popular in '80s wedding fashion) were a great starting point for an 1890s evening gown."

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