Table of content    
  1. Aurora in France’s 14th century fashion
  2. Snow White in Germany’s 15th century fashion
  3. Jasmin in Middle Eastern fashion
  4. Tiana in U.S.’s 1926 fashion
  5. Elsa in European 19th century fashion
  6. Merida in Scotland’s 10th century fashion
  7. Cinderella in Germany’s 19th century fashion
  8. Bella in France’s 18th century fashion
  9. Meg in Ancient Greece’s fashion
  10. Rapunzel in Germany’s 17th century fashion

10 Costumes That Should Be Donned By Disney Princesses If They Were Actual Historical Characters

Disney princesses are associated with their signature dresses. However, sometimes, fashion had nothing to do with what we see onscreen. It’s interesting to realize that these characters would sport entirely different attire if they were placed in authentic historical eras. For loyal fans of Disney, this perspective is captivating that they can see their beloved world in a new way. 

As Disney fans, we used AI to see the correct versions of these characters’ dresses and the results are incredible. If you’re curious about that, scroll down to see. We’re sure that you’ll have a refreshing intriguing experience. 


#1. Aurora in France’s 14th century fashion

The best-known version of this tale is considered to base on Charles Perrault’s 1697 book Histoires ou contes du temps passé, but there are records of the story from a few centuries ago, between 1330 and 1344 in Perceforest. So, the protagonist might live around that time. 

In this period, dresses rather tight to the silhouette were quite popular for women. They didn’t need to wear wide skirts to widen their hips. The formal models tended to put long trains on. Additionally, gowns over the attire over the shoulders were popular in the era. 


#2. Snow White in Germany’s 15th century fashion

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first story of Disney, publish in 1973. Many might not know that it was inspired by Margaretha von Waldeck, a German countess born in 1533. That’s why it was considered to be set in that period. 

Women of the 15th century often wore extravagant, high-waisted garments with layers of linen underneath. The sleeves make the difference between Disney's costume and reality. In fact, long sleeves of clothes had detachable and allowed them to flare out at the shoulders. 


#3. Jasmin in Middle Eastern fashion

Aladdin is one of the best-known stories in One Thousand and One Nights. The story is believed to happen in the ancient Near East. The book included the term “China” which referred to distant and exotic lands. Based on the depiction of the story, we think Jasmine should wear costumes from the ancient Near East. 

The attire was designed to protect from the harsh climate and sand. Women often wore a shirt with sleeves, loose pants, and a tunic. The cloak called jellaba was quite popular. It consisted of a dress with long sleeves and a skirt with slits on the sides, which was added. Commonly, clothes were cream and embroidered with bright fabrics. 


#4. Tiana in U.S.’s 1926 fashion

It is said that the original story is credited to the Brothers Grimm and was published in 1812. They took the idea from the country’s oral tradition. However, Disney’s 2009 adaptation was based on The Frog Princess, an adaptation of the original tale published by E. D. Baker in 2002. That’s why we decided to depict Tiana’s attire based on the Disney adaptation, in the 1920s and the United States. At that time, women tended to wear loose, low-waisted dresses. 


#5. Elsa in European 19th century fashion

The fairy tale The Snow Queen by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, published in 1844 was considered the main source to make the movie Frozen. So, the story might be set in the 19th century in Europe. 

Based on the things, we designed Elsa’s dresses were similar to Cinderella’s but they should be more be wider, and featured extravagant decorations. 


#6. Merida in Scotland’s 10th century fashion

Brave is a 2012 Pixar movie set in medieval Scotland. Though Merida’s costumes almost matched the era, some elements were missed. 

During that era, women typically wore tunics as their dresses. To keep warm, they would add a long cloak like a coat, secured by a waist belt over their inner clothes. Socks were commonly worn on the legs, and head veils completed their attire.


#7. Cinderella in Germany’s 19th century fashion

Cinderella was one of the 1812 collections of Grimm's Fairy Tales and was known in the German language as Ashenputtel. So, princess Cinderella belonged to the 19th century. The trend of wearing more extravagant and theatrical was growing until the end of Romanticism. 


#8. Bella in France’s 18th century fashion

Beauty and the Beast was inspired by the story, La Belle et la Bête, written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740. It is believed that the story is set in the 18th century and Bella’s dresses should be different. 

These dresses had fitted bodices and featured a spare neckline, large ribbon bows, and lace and flowers on the front. The sleeves were flared and ended at the elbows. The dresses were covered in pastel colors to make them more elegant. 


#9. Meg in Ancient Greece’s fashion

There is no evidence showing that Hercules is set in a certain period of Ancient Greece, but we can guess based on things mentioned throughout the movie. 

Greek women’s clothes were simple with two pieces: an undergarment and a cape. The color was often neutral and they were designed with borders in bright shades. However, these kinds of decorative borders were common among upper-class people. 


#10. Rapunzel in Germany’s 17th century fashion

Tangled was inspired by the fairy tale Rapunzel of the Brothers Grimm, published in 1812. In the 17th century in Germany, low-cat corsets, widen at the shoulders and narrow at the waist, were popular. They were paired with loose sleeves which ended at the elbow. The skirt was long, reaching to the feet.  


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