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Disney Princesses In the Fashions of the Years Their Films Came Out

Whew, that’s a mouthful. But you know what I mean. This inventive illustration comes courtesy of Beatrice Lorén, aka deviantARTist bealor. I love how well some of the outfits fit their respective characters, like Ariel’s ’80s clothes are very young and girly and Belle’s outfit has a bookish vibe. Hit the jump to see the rest of the princesses.

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  • AnnaB

    Who is 2010?

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Post-haircut Rapunzel.

  • Debbie Valenta

    I love these, although I think it would have been neat if she tried to interpret their iconic outfits into contemporary (for the time) versions.

  • Alerrison

    I love this! A+ choice to use Rapunzel’s short hair. It also makes me realize that I didn’t realize there was such a gap in years. I always knew that there was a big jump between Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid, but I never realized it was that big. Huh.

  • AnnaB

    Ah, thanks! I forgot that her hair changed color after!

  • Rebecca Pahle

    No problem, I was thrown off a bit at first too.

  • Anonymous

    Ha! I could really recognisably identify each outfit as being very accurate for the time until 2009 (which I think is Tiana, yes?). This is due to be me being an old; I stopped noticing fashion in 1998 it would seem!

    I was all, “yes, yes, yup, spot on, excellent… ” then “Oh, er probably right. I suppose that’s what the kids wear nowadays then… errr… “

  • Alan Passman

    Pocahontas + Clueless = Way Fetch.

  • Anonymous

    I agree! Even if it was just the color palette.

  • Anonymous

    That’s because they’re ignoring a few movies. “The Black Cauldron” for instance.

  • Alerrison

    That would explain it. Poor Eilonwy. But even then, The Black Cauldron’s release was in 1985. I know they were doing other things movies during those ‘missing’ years, but I’m just surprised there’s such a big jump in their official Disney Princess line, considering how much they love to cash in on it nowadays.

  • Melanie Makin

    I beg to differ with 2010; that outfit is SO Claire Danes a la “My So-Called Life”.

  • Anonymous

    It might also be because several of Disney’s great cartoons during those 30 years were not about humans. “The Aristocats” and “Robin Hood” come to mind.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    The artist said in her DA description that she only went with the official Disney princesses. So that’s where the selection comes form.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a bit confused over 2010/2012…not the characters, but the outfits. They don’t scream these two years to me. Are they based on something specific the way the Pocahontas one seems to be?

  • Joseph Finn

    I had a serious, “wait, Pocahontas is that old?” moment there.

  • Elizabeth Wells

    Gretchen stop trying to make ‘Fetch’ happen

  • Anonymous

    What? LOLOLOL

  • totz the plaid

    I think the choice regarding Merida is kind of random considering how many different fashions there were last year. Yes, she’s a tomboy, but the whole suit thing feels more like Patti Smith circa 1975… Plus having it be sheer and the bra show through? I don’t think she’d go for that!

    I’d imagine her more in jeans and a loose-fitting t-shirt, or maybe sports jersey.

    The rest all seem to fit their personalities pretty well. Maybe just punch Ariel’s up a bit with more late ’80s/early ’90s neon colors… Still, her outfit still fits her at least.

  • stopdropreload

    Not really digging Merida’s outfit – WAY too hipster for her – and the print on Tiana’s dress doesn’t really scream “2009″ to me (I think a color block pattern would have been more appropriate). The rest are spot-on, though.

    Also: I would have been mega-stylish in 1992. Oh well. Twenty years too late, that’s all.

    (…am I the only person who pictured Mulan much, much taller? She’s the shortest one on there! I think she should be the same height as Belle.)

  • BabeWoreRed

    91-2010 looks very…one note.
    And that note is “hipster.”

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    White button up shirt and black pants are considered the fashion of 2012? O.o seems a bit plain all considered

  • Mina

    I kind of wonder if Eilonwy has never been included in their official lineup because of copyright issues. The rest are either original characters or based on historical/fairy tale characters, but she’s from a book series recent enough that she’s probably not public domain yet and they’d have to pay fees to use her in merchandise. That’s actually why princess Giselle of Enchanted didn’t make the lineup. They didn’t want to have to pay for using Amy Adams’ likeness.

  • Brian

    It could be partly that, but the larger reason is that the Black Cauldron was a disaster, and they see no money in merchandising it.

  • Brian

    Yes, that’s an excellent demonstration of how the word “hipster” is now vague to the point of uselessness.

  • Alisa Ann Kreuzer

    Ariel is SO Molly Ringwald!!

  • Anonymous

    But you can see her bra!

  • totz the plaid

    That’s not hipster, though. Rapunzel’s look is totally hipster. Merida’s outfit is preppy.

  • Nikki Lincoln

    I love that the hairstyles are really the only thing that tie the characters between the decade they were created and the era of their movie. Especially Ariel, whose hair didn’t need to be reminiscent of any time – is 1000% 80′s. I love it.

  • PipaPenny

    2012 Should have boots and an infinity scarf. And 2010 looks very 90s. Floral prints?