Disney Princesses in Accurate Period Costume - Claire Hummel
will always be my fav one.
wait, how is pocahontas’ garb right?
I get this one asked of me a lot- people seem aghast at the idea that some Native women, specifically Powhatan women, wore one-shouldered dresses and slitted skirts. But even the slightest research brings you across period accounts and illustrations:
"…a shirt-like garment made of fringed deerskin or a mantle of turkey feathers." - John Smith
"The skirt was the ubiquitous garment for women; those of higher-status swathed themselves in fringed deerskin." - colonist Robert Beverly, History and Present State of Virginia (1705)
"…with two long feathers in fashion of a pair of horns placed in the midst of his Crowne." - George Percy
Costume of the Mid-Atlantic Tribes
Granted, there is a better chance that Pocahontas would’ve been topless (my process video shows me going back and forth as to whether or not I wanted to give her the fringed top), but I wanted to get it as close to the film version as I could within reason and Viriginia does CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF have seasons. Sure, it’s tough doing a Powhatan “princess” when there’s so little extant evidence, but it’s not impossible.
I was admittedly just as surprised as anyone to find out that Disney’s leather-and-feather Powhatan tribe was actually pretty accurate, but people seem especially keen to shoot that one down without looking into it themselves.