Have you ever wondered what Disney princesses might have “actually” worn during their respective historical time periods?
Claire Hummel, associate production designer at Microsoft Games, did, and her beautifully styled, carefully researched collection went viral.
When I asked Claire what inspired her to create the series over email, she said: “My sister Emily was working as a costumed interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg a couple years back, and whenever I’d visit I’d start thinking about what Belle would be wearing were she appropriately garbed for the time period – not unlike some of the earlier concept art for the film actually. When I drew Belle I wasn’t planning a series, but the more I thought about it, the more I couldn’t resist the challenge.”
Good thing, too, as she’s been flooded with requests to expand the series even further.
Not all the attention she’s received has been positive though, as many die-hard Disney fans have questioned why Claire is “changing” anything at all.
As to that, her response is simple: “It’s not a commentary on the original designs. Honestly, it’s just a chance for me to blow off some design steam in my free time. I do a ton of costume research for my day job, and I actually sew period clothing as well, so this is just an extension of that passion.”
Take a look at all of Claire’s historical Disney Princesses, plus other female characters from Disney films. And yes, she is currently working on an interpretation of Merida (the No. 1 question she’s been asked over and over and over and over as of late), so stay tuned.
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