Disney Accuracy: Arabian Nights

jasmineMaybe one of the most distant representations of a Disney princess to her actual time period clothing is Princess Jasmine from the 1992 Disney animated feature, Aladdin.

The movie Aladdin is presumed to take place in the 6th century during the Achaemenid Empire.  In this time period, not much is known about women’s clothing, but what is known, is that women did not wear pants or trousers like Jasmine so clearly does in Aladdin.

According to Encyclopeadia Iranica, http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/clothing-ii, women of this dynasty wore pleated court dresses with chitons, or long tunics.  Women would also wear head pieces that would cover their hair that usually flowed down in natural waves.  These head garments did not cover the face at all.

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This style of clothing does not describe Jasmine’s style of dress at all. This realization could be because animators involved with Disney admitted that they were not trying to make the characters of Aladdin look realistic in any way: http://mentalfloss.com/article/59930/15-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-aladdin.

Nonetheless, we can still make the comparison that Jasmine does not possess any of the fashion qualities that women of the Achaemenid Empire did. Instead of the traditional style of dress, Jasmine holds almost a sex-appeal with her puffy, ice blue pants that displays her perfect exposed body at the stomach. Her crop top leaves little to the imagination of what a woman’s body looks like without clothing.

Whether or not Disney animators wanted to make Jasmine look like a realistic princess of her time or not, they failed to hit the bar in the accuracy of historical clothing.  Even so, they still created a memorable princess that still captures the hearts of children and adults alike.


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