Many people know that Belle had that pretty yellow ballgown, Cinderella had the blue gown, and Ariel stuck a fork in her hair. That last part has nothing to do with this, but I just remembered it and giggled to myself at how funny it was as an 8 year-old.
Pretty much everyone knows that “Disney” is basically synonymous with “historical sketchiness” (Pocahontas, anyone?). In terms of the iconic dresses worn by the Princesses, they basically have tiny iotas of slightly-general accuracies in their costuming. Illustrator Claire Hummel, who works for Microsoft Games Studios Publishing, researched what would be proper attire for the general time period of each Princess/fairy tale, and then had some fun slightly-tweaking their outfits. For example, Belle looks like this in the movie(s):
To see the rest of Hummel’s changes, click here.
[Via my very awesome co-worker, and Flavor Wire]