If Disney Went Victorian

Costuming Dreams
Belle, Jasmine, Aurora, Cinderella, Ariel, and Rapunzel

There’s a fun project making waves on the interwebs involving Disney princesses and their historical make-overs. That got me thinking: “What would the princesses wear if they were Victorian?”

We might find Belle in a bustle:

Evening Dress Attributed to Liberty & Co., circa 1880s

Heavenly fancy dress harem pants for Jasmine:

House of Worth Fancy Dress Costume, circa 1870

Soft pink silk velvet for Aurora, a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty:

Rouff Evening Dress, circa 1897

No cinder-dust here! Just a beautiful blue ball gown for Cinderella:

Ball Gown, circa 1860

This sumptuous leg o’ mutton sleeved confection for Ariel:

House of Worth Wedding Dress, circa 1896
Not only is it a great match for her movie dress, it happens to be my favorite Worth wedding ensemble!

Rapunzel was a tricky gal to pick for. If any dress is perfect for her, it’s this girly 1820s evening dress:

American Silk Ball Gown, circa 1820

But it’s about 10 years to early to qualify as Victorian, so we’ll stick with this lovely lilac bustle dress with a gold train that mimics her long blonde hair:

Wexler & Abraham Evening Dress, circa 1880

I know didn’t cover all the princesses, but these particular extant dresses matched too perfectly to ignore!

Historic Color Combos: Orange and Cream

Orange and White Clothing

Open Front Robe, circa 1735-40

Robe à la Française, circa 1770

American Cotton Dress, circa 1810

Dinner Dress, circa 1878

Dinner Dress, circa 1880

Corset, circa 1880

Court Dress, circa 1892

House of Worth Bridesmaid Dress, circa 1896

House of Worth Walking Suit, circa 1898

House of Worth Afternoon Dress, circa 1905

Orange and White Accessories

Nessus Abducting Deianira Cameo, circa 1815-25

Evening Turban, circa 1823

Silk and Ivory Parasol, circa 1868

Child’s Shoes, circa 1875

Pearl and Citrine Ring, circa 1890

Orange and cream is a beautiful combination reminiscent of gold and pearls (also, tasty Dreamsicles!). It’s both adventurous and refined at the same time. Orange is a volatile color with so many shades and variations from tawny gold to soft rust to deep burnt umber; some like it, some don’t, but when paired with cream, any orange suddenly becomes exceptionally elegant! The combination has appeared throughout history, becoming especially popular from the late Victorian period well into the 1970s.

Please note that it’s often difficult to tell from pictures–and even the historical garments themselves– what the true, original colors of the fabric were due to changes in lighting and how time has affected the quality of the dyes. What might look orange today might have been a bright red, or a beautiful white might have yellowed with age. I have tried to judge each piece fairly, making sure that it is either close to the original color or at least fabulous looking as-is! :)

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