8 thoughts on “Disney Princess Historical Costume Influences: The Princess and the Frog (2009)

  1. This was a fantastic and insightful read of The Princess and the Frog! The screenshots from the film paired with the historical fashion photos were fun and effective. Disney definitely missed some opportunities to be more historically accurate. The 20s was such a great time in fashion.

    I will say that my daughter and I do give this film some hard side eye, because:

    1) Tiana is a frog for most of it (thanks for touching on this).

    2) Naveen, though good-looking, is just so, very trifling. Tiana deserved better.

    3) We appreciate that Tiana is smart, resourceful, ambitious, and hardworking, but, as Black women, we did want her to have that princess fantasy of of being swept off her feet.

    4) I, too, thought her final dress was a bit unfortunate. There were so many fabulous directions they could have went with it!

  2. Ahhhh, I love this movie! Yeah, it’s got a few issues re: representation and accuracy, but at the end of the day I still love it and love the music in it. So glad you did this one!

  3. I don’t think I’ve seen the whole one, but maybe I should also explore my Disney plus more. I saw the latter part, and liked Tiana’s pluck, but I see what you mean on both costume and plot. The church looks quite a bit like St. Louis Cathedral, right on Jackson Square. If the vows are done in that era the priest may well have exited to the side–although I doubt Disney was researching pre-conciliar Catholicism.

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