Ariel, Mulan, Pocahontas — all of these characters have been familiar to us since childhood. We are so used to seeing them in a certain way, we don’t even notice the inaccuracies in their image. For example, Belle should’ve worn a giant powdered wig and Jasmine should be walking the streets with her head covered.
Originally called Matoaka, which means “flower between 2 streams,” Pocahontas was between the ages of 10 and 12 during this story, not in her 20s as she appears in the Disney film. Since she was the daughter of the Powhatan chief, she wore deer skin with beads hung around her neck and she had her hair braided.
2. Princess Jasmine
Princess Jasmine was originally called Badroulbadour. Word on the street is that her name was changed to make her more relatable. She originally wore loose-fitting and modest clothing because of the hot environment she lived in.
3. Snow White
Snow White lived in 16th century Germany during the Protestant reformation period. Women then mostly wore dark-colored outfits with high necklines. They would also frequently wear a headpiece and have their hair tied back.
The setting for Rapunzel’s story was also during the mid-16th in Germany. At that time women wore very ladylike clothing and according to a German painter, during that era the dresses were known as Cranachs gowns.
The story of Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty took place in 14th century France. Back then, noblewomen wore tailored dresses with tight-fitting sleeves and bodices. These outfits were usually buttoned down the front and were known as Cotehardie.
Elsa lived in the mid-18th century and women then wore beautiful Victorian dresses with ballgown silhouettes. They had just started using corsets and embroidery was not very common. As a new queen, Elsa would’ve worn a more intricately designed cape, instead of the more simple one that she had on in the film.