A few years ago while searching for fan art of Princess Aurora, I stumbled upon Claire Hummel’s (shoomlah) digital art of Historical Princesses, in which she made the Disney heroines’ signature dresses more historically accurate.
As a way to calm myself down during my college application season (fall of 2015), I put her digital art next to paintings I found on Google Images from the time periods she got inspired from or from what other people online suggested (Aish’s Timeline and whittertwitter). Also, Buzzfeed’s video: Historically Accurate Disney Princesses. Also, I forgot what keywords I used to find the “real history” images, since I did this two years ago, sorry.
Megara: Ancient Greece, 1200s BCE
Hua Mulan: China, 500s CE
Aurora: France (but for some reason I also like to think Spain), 1300s
Snow White: Germany, 1500s
Pocahontas: USA, 1607
Belle: France, 1770s. The painting on the left is an artist’s self-portrait from the time period.
Rapunzel: Germany?, 1820s
Elsa: Norway, 1820s
Cinderella: France, 1860s
Ariel: Denmark?, 1890s
Tiana: USA, 1920s
Jasmine: Middle East, sirwal pants (west: Harem pants) found in the BCEs and the CEs. There are fan theories that the movie, Aladdin, takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, so it can’t be pinned.