Patreon Post Unlocked: The Princess and the Frog (2009)


Disney princesses are possibly some of the best-known characters worldwide, and part of their appeal lies in their oldey-timey-ness. Each one is certainly a product of the period in which the movie was made, but they are also almost always set in a fantasy historical setting … and thus, their costumes are fantasy historical as well. In this series, we’re going to analyze each of the Disney princesses to discuss the historical influences in their costumes. Previously, we analyzed Snow White (1937), Cinderella (1950) in two partsSleeping Beauty (1959), and The Little Mermaid (1989).


When I got Disney+ for Hamilton, I looked around to see if there was anything else I might watch for the month before I canceled it. And I noticed The Princess and the Frog (2009), which I’d missed back in the day. I found it’s an enjoyable addition to the Disney princess canon, plus the flick has a delightful take on 1920s New Orleans style. So I’m taking editorial privilege, and I’m jumping into Kendra’s Disney princess series, hah!

Read all of this review of The Princess and the Frog (2009) here!

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Trystan L. Bass

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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

2 Responses

  1. Lily Lotus Rose

    Ok, for some reason, the comment section “Feel the love…” box was not popping up in my browser for the Unlocked Patreon post, so I have to post my comments here. I haven’t seen this movie yet, but now I really want to. In my opinion, the visual references for Lottie’s costumes seem to be pink versions Disney’s Cinderella dresses–the dress she makes to wear to the ball, the ball gown magicked up by her fairy godmother, and her wedding dress. I see all those echoed in Lottie’s costumes. Also, I’m impressed by the New Orleans details–Tiana and her mom sitting in the back of the streetcar (which remained segregated for decades after the time period of this movie); the logo of The Times-Picayune newspaper; and as someone mentioned on the other thread–the resemblance of the Catholic Church to St. Louis Cathedral. I loved that Tiana’s mom brought her father’s gumbo pot as a gift. One of Leah Chase’s pots (the real-life inspiration for Tiana) was gifted to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American Culture and History. Also, I really enjoyed that you used historical pictures of African-American people as your reference pics!

  2. Roxana

    Human beings are not consistent, it is perfectly possible to have a very negative opinion of a group but make an exception for those you know personally. It’s not impossible that a rich white man would feel friendly towards the seamstress who’s so good with his little girl and continue to take an interest in her daughter.