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Happy 21st birthday to Addison Rae! Yes, I know it was last week. No, I don't care. The influencer is still celebrating the milestone on the crystal clear waters of Oahu, Hawaii. She posted photographic evidence on her Instagram and wow, she looks unreal.

Laying on the rocks of what looks to be a private beach, Addison was channeling her inner Ariel. She pulled of the iconic Little Mermaid color scheme flawlessly, in a turquoise string bikini and a purple sarong. The beach fit was mostly minimal, so Addison threw on some whosits and whatsits (necklaces and bracelets) for a bit of extra glitz.

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Addison's followers have had no shortage of bikini pics this summer, but this one might be the absolute best.

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It's Halloween today, and Kylie Jenner has already shown off three different costumes over the last week: Madonna, a Playboy bunny, and more innocently last night, Disney's Ariel. Jenner's Ariel costume is exactly what you would imagine a detail-oriented billionaire's to be. Jenner wore green contacts, a long red wig, had a Flounder purse, and was generally able to turn the Disney princess icon's signature look into a fashion-forward adult costume. She shared multiple Instagrams:

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Hailey Baldwin couldn't with the outfit. Jenner's friend commented on one of her posts, writing, "it's not even the 31st yet let us BREATHE 😩😩😩."


Jenner and her friends had a Disney princess night. Anastasia "Stassie" Karanikolaou was a sexy Cinderella, while Victoria Villarroel was Jasmine.

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Yesterday, Jenner shared multiple Instagrams from her Playboy party she threw (in honor of her Playboy cover). But Jenner and Karanikolaou posed together as Playmates. And yes, Jenner was also wearing colored contacts then because why not?

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Jenner appeared on Playboy's cover earlier this year and did an interview for the outlet with her then-boyfriend Travis Scott. Scott asked her, notably, what advice she'd give to others on how to enjoy their lives despite its obstacles. That's where she opened up about her own experience dealing with hateful comments on social media.

"There are definitely a lot of obstacles thrown at me, and I’ve heard every negative thing anyone could say about me under the sun," she started. "Being a huge presence on social media, you open yourself up to gossip about yourself and false stories—but a lot of positive too. All the positive comes with the negative stuff, and I just know myself. I know how far I can be pushed. I know my strength, and I know when to put down my phone and get off social media and just enjoy life. I do see myself as a really strong person and just to remain positive and try to find those core positive people in your life and stay close to your family and the people who want to see you do the best."

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The Little Mermaid

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For the Disney film, see The Little Mermaid (1989 film). For other uses, see The Little Mermaid (disambiguation).

"The Little Mermaid" (Danish: Den lille havfrue) is a Danish literary fairy tale written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The story follows the journey of a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea as a mermaid to gain a human soul. The tale was first published in 1837 as part of a collection of fairy tales for children. The original story has been a subject of multiple analyses by scholars such as Jacob Bøggild and Pernille Heegaard as well as the folklorist Maria Tatar. These analyses cover various aspects of the story from interpreting the themes to discussing why Andersen chose to write a tragic story with a happy ending. It has been adapted to various media, including musical theatre, anime, ballet, opera, and film. There is also a statue portraying the mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the story was written and first published.

Plot summary[edit]

The Little Mermaid finds a human statue under the sea and treasures it.

The Little Mermaid lives in an underwater kingdom with her widowed father (Mer-King), her dowager grandmother, and her five older sisters, each of whom had been born one year apart. When a mermaid turns fifteen, she is permitted to swim to the surface for the first time to catch a glimpse of the world above, and when the sisters become old enough, each of them visits the upper world one at a time every 365 days. As each returns, the Little Mermaid listens longingly to their various descriptions of the world inhabited by human beings.

When the Little Mermaid's turn comes, she rises up to the surface, watches a birthday celebration being held on a ship in honor of a handsome prince, and falls in love with him from a safe distance. Then a violent storm hits, sinking the ship, and the Little Mermaid saves the prince from drowning. She delivers him unconscious to the shore near a temple. Here, the Little Mermaid waits until a young woman from the temple and her ladies in waiting find him. To her dismay, the prince never sees the Little Mermaid or even realizes that it was she who had originally saved his life.

The Little Mermaid becomes melancholy and asks her grandmother if humans can live forever. The grandmother explains that humans have a much shorter lifespan than a mermaid's 300 years but that they have an eternal soul that lives on in heaven, while mermaids turn to sea foam at death and cease to exist. The Little Mermaid, longing for the prince and an eternal soul, visits the Sea Witch who lives in a dangerous part of the ocean. The witch willingly helps her by selling her a potion that gives her legs in exchange for her beautiful voice, as the Little Mermaid has the most enchanting voice in the entire world. The witch warns the Little Mermaid that once she becomes a human, she will never be able to return to the sea. Consuming the potion will make her feel as if a sword is being passed through her body, yet when she recovers, she will have two human legs and will be able to dance like no human has ever danced before. However, she will constantly feel as if she is walking on sharp knives. In addition, she will obtain a soul only if she wins the love of the prince and marries him, for then a part of his soul will flow into her. Otherwise, at dawn on the first day after he marries someone else, the Little Mermaid will die with a broken heart and dissolve into sea foam upon the waves.

After she agrees to the arrangement, the Little Mermaid swims up to the surface near the prince's castle and drinks the potion. The liquid felt like a sword piercing through her body and she passes out on the shore, naked. She is found by the prince, who is mesmerized by her beauty and grace, even though she is mute. Most of all, he likes to see her dance, and she dances for him despite suffering excruciating pain with every step. Soon, the Little Mermaid becomes the prince's favorite companion and accompanies him on many of his outings but he does not fall in love with her at all. When the prince's parents encouraged their son to marry the neighboring princess in an arranged marriage, the prince tells the Little Mermaid he will not because he does not love the princess. He goes on to say he can only love the young woman from the temple, who he believes rescued him. It turns out that the princess from the neighboring kingdom was the temple woman, as she was sent to the temple for her education. The prince declares his love for her, and the royal wedding is announced at once.

The mermaid sisters give the knife to The Little Mermaid.

The prince and princess celebrate their new marriage aboard a wedding ship, and the Little Mermaid's heart breaks. She thinks of all that she has sacrificed and of all the pain she has endured for the prince. She despairs, thinking of the death that awaits her, but before dawn, her sisters rise out of the water and bring her a dagger that the Sea Witch has given them in exchange for their long, beautiful hair. If the Little Mermaid kills the prince and lets his blood drip on her feet, she will become a mermaid once more, all her suffering will end, and she will live out her full life in the ocean with her family. However, the Little Mermaid cannot bring herself to kill the sleeping prince lying with his new wife, and she throws the dagger and herself off the ship into the water just as dawn breaks. Her body dissolves into foam, but instead of ceasing to exist, she feels the warm sun and discovers that she has turned into a luminous and ethereal earthbound spirit, a daughter of the air. As the Little Mermaid ascends into the atmosphere, she is greeted by other daughters, who tell her she has become like them because she strove with all her heart to obtain an immortal soul. Because of her selflessness, she is given the chance to earn her own soul by doing good deeds for mankind for 300 years, and will one day rise up into Heaven.


"The Little Mermaid" was written in 1836 and first published by C.A. Reitzel in Copenhagen on 7 April 1837 in the first collection of Fairy Tales Told for Children. (Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Første Samling. Tredie Hefte. 1837). The story was republished on 18 December 1849 as a part of Fairy Tales. 1850 (Eventyr. 1850) and again on 15 December 1862 as a part of the first volume of Fairy Tales and Stories. (Eventyr og Historier. Første Bind. 1862).[1]

Critical response[edit]

Debate over ending[edit]

Original manuscript, last page

The working title of the story was "Daughters of the Air,"[2] which are spirits who, as Andersen conceived them, can earn souls by doing three hundred years' worth of good deeds. At the end of the story, one of these spirits explains to the Little Mermaid that they do as many good things for humankind as they are able so that, at the end of those years, they can receive an immortal soul and "take part in the happiness of mankind".[3] The spirits also explain that because the Little Mermaid refused to kill the Prince and has spent so much time in pain while still doing good things for men, she has "raised [herself] to the spirit-world" and can participate in the three hundred years of good deeds alongside the Daughters of the Air.

Andersen was influenced by Undine, another story of a mermaid gaining a soul through marriage, but felt that his ending was an improvement. In 1837, shortly after completing his manuscript, Andersen wrote to a friend, "I have not, like de la Motte Fouqué in Undine, allowed the mermaid's acquiring of an immortal soul to depend upon an alien creature, upon the love of a human being. I'm sure that's wrong! It would depend rather much on chance, wouldn't it? I won't accept that sort of thing in this world. I have permitted my mermaid to follow a more natural, more divine path."[4][5] Andersen was concerned that the story’s meanings would appeal best to adults, but wrote in the foreword to Fairy Tales Told for Children, "I dare presume, however, that the child will also enjoy it and that the denouement itself, plainly considered, will grip the child."[6]

P. L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins and noted folklore commentator, wrote, "This final message is more frightening than any other presented in the tale. The story descends into the Victorian moral tales written for children to scare them into good behavior... Andersen, this is blackmail. And the children know it and say nothing. There's magnanimity for you."[2][7]

Other scholars like Jacob Bøggild and Pernille Heegaard notice the ending's shift away from tragedy as well. They point out that the events leading up to the mermaid's death should culminate in tragedy, but that the sudden twist allows the narrative to finish on a hopeful success. Bøggild and Heegaard argue that this disjointed ending was not the result of Andersen's sentimentality and religious beliefs, which have been attributed to his choice to stray from the tragic path he established in the rest of the narrative, but a conscious choice for ambiguity that stemmed from Andersen's skepticism towards idealized physical and religious symbols.[8]

However, other critics including Søren Baggesen and James Massengale have argued that the ending is not tacked on, but is a natural part of the story’s structure as a religious narrative.[9]

Themes and interpretations[edit]

The Little Mermaid is found by the Prince in an illustration by Edmund Dulac

In Maria Tatar's The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, the transformation of the little mermaid from sea creature to mermaid in human form, and then to a creature of the air, is believed to reflect Andersen's constant engagement with mutability and changes in identity.[10] Tatar also suggests that the Little Mermaid did not give up everything for love alone. Tatar's interpretation of the tale is one that presents a rare heroine with an investigative curiosity which is shown through the mermaid's fascination of the unknown, the forbidden, and her intent on broadening her horizons from the start. Even before she sees the prince, she displays an intense longing to visit the world above the sea through her actions such as: arranging the flowers in her garden into the shape of the sun, listening to her grandmother and sisters' stories of the surface, and peeking in through the window of the prince's cabin during his birthday celebrations. Tatar argues that the mermaid wants, above all, to explore the world and discover things that are beyond what she already knows. The world above seems larger than her own and holds a greater range of possibilities to exercise her adventurous spirit. This is demonstrated in some versions of the story when the prince has a page boy's costume made for her so that she may ride on horseback and explore the land with him. Here, her willingness to cross-dress implies a willingness to transgress gender boundaries and take risks to be able to see the world. Tatar feels this also comments on Andersen's interests in changes in identity.[11]

In her analysis, Virginia Borges concludes that the story contains a message about love and self-sacrifice, and the dangers of accepting abuse or inconsiderate treatment in the name of love.[12]

Susan White interprets the story as the difficult liminal passage of the girl into the order of speech and social symbolism (power, politics, and agency) which is symbolically understood as masculine.[13]

The artist Pen Dalton has made use of Laura Mulvey's interpretation of fetishism in art to link The Little Mermaid to the wearing of fetishistic clothes, and obsessive cosmetic surgery with masculine fears of loss.[14]

Rictor Norton, in My Dear Boy: Gay Love Letters through the Centuries, theorizes that The Little Mermaid was written as a love letter by Hans Christian Andersen to Edvard Collin.[15] This is based on a letter Andersen wrote to Collin, upon hearing of Collin's engagement to a young woman, around the same time that the Little Mermaid was written. Andersen wrote "I languish for you as for a pretty Calabrian wench... my sentiments for you are those of a woman. The femininity of my nature and our friendship must remain a mystery."[16] Andersen also sent the original story to Collin.[17] Norton interprets the correspondence as a declaration of Andersen's homosexual love for Collin, and describes The Little Mermaid as an allegory for Andersen's life.[18]


See also: List of The Little Mermaid adaptations

NBC television show[edit]

Main article: Shirley Temple's Storybook

In 1958, NBC began airing a new television show titled Shirley Temple's Storybook, an American children'santhology series that was hosted and narrated by actress Shirley Temple. The series features adaptations of fairy tales like Mother Goose and other family-oriented stories performed by well-known actors. The first season of sixteen black-and-white and colored episodes aired on NBC between 12 January 1958, and 21 December 1958, as Shirley Temple's Storybook. Thirteen episodes of the first season re-ran on ABC beginning on 12 January 1959.[19] The second season of twenty-five color episodes aired on NBC as The Shirley Temple Show between 18 September 1960, and 16 July 1961 in much the same format that it had under its original title.

The show aired their adaptation of The Little Mermaid on 5 March 1961 as episode 22 during the show's second season. Shirley Temple herself played the mermaid. Unlike the original story, the mermaid does not give up her voice to become human, but she still fails to win the prince's heart when he falls in love with the princess who found him. In the end, when she cannot bring herself to kill the prince with the dagger, she prepares to throw herself into the sea. Neptune himself intervenes and says that for her selfless act, she has earned the right to become a mermaid again and rejoin her family, giving the story a happy ending.

Soviet feature film[edit]

Main article: The Little Mermaid (1976 Russian film)

This 1976 Russian feature film was directed by Vladimir Bychkov and starred Viktoriya Novikova as the mermaid. The story is set in the 13th century. The mermaid saves the prince from drowning, after other mermaids mesmerize the sailors into crashing their ship on to the rocks. The prince is saved by a local princess under whose care he recovers. The mermaid seeks to marry the prince. A traveling handyman tries to help the mermaid in her love. He finds a local witch who changes her tail into legs in exchange for her hair. The prince marries the local princess and the mermaid is destined to die on the same day. The traveling handyman challenges the prince to a fight and is killed. His sacrifice spares the mermaid from death and her soul becomes eternal.

Disney's animated film[edit]

Main article: The Little Mermaid (1989 film)

Disney'sThe Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animatedmusicalfantasyromance film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. Loosely based on the original tale, the 1989 Disney film tells the story of a mermaid princess named Ariel, who dreams of becoming human; after falling in love with a human prince named Eric. Written, produced, and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, with music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (who also served as a co-producer), the film features the voices of Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, and Pat Carroll among others.

The Little Mermaid was originally planned as part of one of Walt Disney's earliest feature films, a proposed package film featuring vignettes of Hans Christian Andersen tales.[20] Development started in the late 1930s but was delayed due to various circumstances.[21] In 1985, Ron Clements became interested in a film adaptation of The Little Mermaid while he was serving as a director on The Great Mouse Detective (1986).[22] Clements discovered the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale while browsing through a bookstore.[23] Believing the story provided an "ideal basis" for an animated feature film and keen on creating a film that took place underwater,[22] Clements wrote and presented a two-page treatment of Mermaid to Disney CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who approved of the idea for possible development the next day. While in production in the 1980s, the staff found by chance original story and visual development work done by Kay Nielsen for Disney's proposed 1930s Andersen feature.[20] Many of the changes made by the staff in the 1930s to Hans Christian Andersen's original story were coincidentally the same as the changes made by Disney writers in the 1980s.[23]

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The Little Mermaid statue[edit]

Main article: The Little Mermaid (statue)

A statue of The Little Mermaid sits on a rock in the Copenhagen harbor in Langelinie. This small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and a major tourist attraction.

The statue was commissioned in 1909 by Carl Jacobsen, son of the founder of Carlsberg, after he had been fascinated by a ballet based on the fairy tale. The sculptor Edward Eriksen created the statue, which was unveiled on 23 August 1913. His wife, Eline Eriksen, was the model for the body. Ellen Price, the ballerina who danced the Little Mermaid in the 1909 Royal Danish Ballet production, was the model for the head and face.[24] The statue has been severely vandalized several times.[25]

In May 2010, it was moved from its Copenhagen harbor emplacement for the first time ever, for transport to Expo 2010 in Shanghai, where it remained until 20 November 2010.[26]

The Little Mermaid statue in the Principality of Monaco[edit]

A statue of 'The Little Mermaid' looks out over Larvotto beach in Monaco. She was created, in 2000, with layers and layers of metal by Kristian Dahlgard, in hommage to the Danes who live in Monaco and for the late Prince Rainier III to mark the 50th year of his reign.

The Little Mermaid statues in Italy[edit]

Some statues similar to The Little Mermaid are in Sicily. The first was placed in 1962 on the seafront in Giardini Naxos, and measures about four meters high over a fountain.[27] A second always portraying a mermaid Post on a depth of sea about 18 meters. Inside the Marine Protected Area of Plemmiro of Siracusa.[28] A third 'The Little Mermaid' statue is placed in Stresa in Piedmont.

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  1. ^"Hans Christian Andersen: The Little Mermaid". The Hans Christian Andersen Centre. University of Southern Denmark Department for the Study of Culture. Archived from the original on 30 April 2016.
  2. ^ ab"Annotations for Little Mermaid". SurLaLune Fairy Tales. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014.
  3. ^"The Little Mermaid". SurLaLune Fairy Tales. 2005. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  4. ^Frank, Jefferey (2005). The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen: A New Translation from the Danish. Raleigh, NC: Duke University Press. p. 104. ISBN .
  5. ^Wullschlager, Jackie (2001). Hans Christian Andersen: The Life of a Storyteller. Knopf. p. 171.
  6. ^Johansen, Jørgen Dines (1996). "The Merciless Tragedy of Desire: An Interpretation of H.C. Andersen's 'Den Lille Havfrue.'". Scandinavian Studies. 68 (2): 239. JSTOR 40919857 – via JSTOR.
  7. ^Altmann, Anna E.; DeVos, Gail (2001). Tales, Then and Now: More Folktales As Literary Fictions for Young Adults. Libraries Unlimited. p. 179. ISBN .
  8. ^"Summary of Jacob Bøggild & Pernille Heegaard: "H. C. Andersens 'Den lille Havfrue' – om tvistigheder og tvetydigheder" ["Ambiguity in Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid'"]". The Hans Christian Andersen Centre. University of Southern Denmark, Institute of Literature, Media and Cultural Studies. Archived from the original on 4 April 2016.
  9. ^Massengale, James (1999). "The Miracle and A Miracle in the Life of a Mermaid". Hans Christian Andersen. A Poet in Time. Papers from the Second International Hans Christian Andersen Conference 29 July to 2 August 1996.
  10. ^Tatar, Maria, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales (New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2002), pp.308.
  11. ^Tatar, Maria, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales (New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2002), pp. 305,311,315,320,323.
  12. ^Borges, Virginia, A Million Little Mermaids, article in Journal of Mythic Arts Summer 2007, webpage found 15 May 2007.
  13. ^White, Susan. (1993) Split Skins, Female Agency and Bodily Mutilation in The Little Mermaid. In Collins, J & Radner, H (Eds.), Film Theory Goes to the Movies. New York: Routledge.
  14. ^Mulvey, L. (1973) Fears, Fantasies and the Male Unconscious or You Don't Know What is Happening, Do You Mr Jones? Spare Rib Magazine, reprinted in Laura Mulvey, 2007, "Visual and Other Pleasures"
  15. ^Norton, Rictor (1998). My Dear Boy: Gay Love Letters through the Centuries. United States: Leyland Publications. ISBN .
  16. ^Hans Christian Andersen's correspondence, ed Frederick Crawford, London. 1891
  17. ^von Essen, Leah Rachel (28 March 2017). "Queerness, Hans Christian Andersen, and The Little Mermaid". BOOK RIOT. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  18. ^Norton, Rictor (1998). "Gay Love Letters through the Centuries: Hans Christian Andersen". Gay History & Literature: Essays by Rictor Norton. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  19. ^Scott, Vernon (12 January 1959). "Shirley's Show Proves to Be Just Too Costly". The Bend Bulletin. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  20. ^ abMusker, John (2006). Audio Commentary from The Little Mermaid: Platinum Edition[DVD]. Walt Disney Home Entertainment.
  21. ^"Disney's animated zombies: How classic stories are lost in reinvention". 3 May 2014.
  22. ^ ab"Making Of... The Little Mermaid Behind The Scenes". The 80s Movies Rewind. 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  23. ^ ab(2006) Treasures Untold: The Making of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid [Documentary featurette]. Bonus material from The Little Mermaid: Platinum Edition DVD. Walt Disney Home Entertainment.
  24. ^"The Little Mermaid". 28 November 1999. Archived from the original on 28 November 1999. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  25. ^"Denmark may move Little Mermaid". BBC News. 30 March 2006. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016.
  26. ^Yang, Jingzhong; Lu, Ming'ou (21 November 2010). "Copenhagen holds grand homecoming ceremony for Little Mermaid". Archived from the original on 30 November 2010.
  27. ^"Monumenti: La Sirenetta". Archived from the original on 14 March 2017.
  28. ^RagusaNews (18 August 2011). "Visita dei sommozzatori iblei alla statua di una sirena". Retrieved 23 March 2018.

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The Little Mermaid (1989)

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. We’ll work in chronological order of the movies, and then we’ll go back and do all the villains! Previously, we analyzed Snow White (1937), Cinderella (1950) in twoparts, and Sleeping Beauty (1959) so today, it’s all about…

Ariel aka The Little Mermaid. Yep, we’re leaving behind the “classic” Disney princess canon and entering the “Renaissance” period! There’s a new live-action little mermaid movie being released today, so it seems like a good time to look at the 1989 animated version.

Ariel’s Project Runway Outfit

When Ariel first gets legs, she has to scramble to come up with some kind of coverage (apparently the seashell bra goes with the tail?). She Project Runways-together a sail and some rope:

The Little Mermaid (1989)

If I tried really hard, I could come up with a ridiculous argument that this is a reference to a toga or sari or something, but it’s too un-thought-out!


Ariel’s Pink Evening Gown

Ariel gets cleaned up and gets to have dinner with Eric, and she wears a pink dress to do it in:

The Little Mermaid (1989)

So, according to IMDB and elaborated by Buzzfeed, this dress is supposedly an amalgam of dresses worn by earlier Disney princesses. I can buy the connection between Show White’s slashed Renaissance sleeves and the slashed puffs on this dress:

Snow White’s puffed sleeves (right) are a reference to the slashes sleeves worn in the 16th century in Italy.

But the rest seems kind of tenuous and I want citations. I mean, so what, it’s off-the-shoulder? How does that relate to Sleeping Beauty’s dress except in the vaguest of ways?

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Off the shoulder with piping.

Off the shoulder, but with a big sticky-uppy collar that references 15th-century Burgundian fashion.

Looking for historical influences in Ariel’s gown, minus the slashed/puff sleeves, it’s all very mid-Victorian.

The skirt shape is very mid-Victorian (1850s, I’d say) with the bell-shaped hoop:

1850s fashion plate

1850s fashion plate from Petit Courrier des Dames

The center-parted overskirt isn’t as typical of the mid-Victorian era as unparted overskirts or flounces, but you do see it:

1850s fashion plate

Fashion plate from Le Follet, probably early 1850s.

That off-the-shoulder neckline is also mid-Victorian, as seen in the plate above.


Ariel’s Pink Nightgown

For running around the castle at night, we put our ex-mermaid in a virginal nightgown:

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Sure, it passes as a ye-oldey-timey nightgown:

H O'Neill & Co catalogue 1890-1

Like these, advertised in the H O’Neill & Co catalogue, 1890-1.

But the earliest I can think of colored (e.g., non-white) nightgowns is the 1920s:

pink 1920s nightgown


Ariel’s Blue Day Ensemble

Here is where I DO see a previous-Disney-princess connection:

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This just screams of Sleeping Beauty’s peasant outfit (what I called “1950s Renfaire Maiden Dress”), minus the center-front lacing and Peter Pan collar:

Sleeping Beauty, rustic peasant style.

The earliest you might see a scoop-neck blouse, like the one Ariel is wearing, is the 1920s. Before that, it’s all high necks, all the time:

Blouses from a 1920s catalogue

Blouses from a 1920s catalogue

Otherwise, again, I think we’re looking at a 1950s dirndl outfit, weirdly strapless just like Sleeping Beauty:

1950s dirndl pattern (Simplicity 3485)


Ariel’s “Got My Voice Back” Dress

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This is alllll 1989:

New Look vintage 1990s sewing pattern dress


Critter Break


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Ariel’s Wedding Dress

And finally, Ariel gets her legs AND her voice AND her man — yay patriarchy?

She wears a “traditional” white wedding dress, which is a mid- to late-19th century invention — as in, the color white. As a blog post at JSTOR points out, white wedding dresses came into Western European tradition with Queen Victoria and the rise of photography:

“the ubiquity of this style is relatively recent, becoming de rigeur only by the middle of the nineteenth century, when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840. Before that, although brides did wear white when they could afford it, even the wealthiest and most royal among them also wore gold, or blue, or, if they were not rich or royal, whatever color their best dress happened to be.” (A Natural History of the Wedding Dress)

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Ariel’s dress has a “sweetheart” or low V neckline, “gigot” sleeves (puffed on top, fitted below), a dropped waist with peplum, split overskirt, and underskirt worn over a hoop:
The Little Mermaid (1989)

The gigot or leg-of-mutton sleeves were big trends in the 1830s and 1890s. Sometimes they have a continuous line from puffed top to narrower wrist:

Dress, 1832-5, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dress, 1832-5, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

But you also see them where the contrast between puff and fitted is more dramatic:

1830s example.

1890s example!

The sweetheart neckline is 1930s at the earliest:

1930s dress pattern Simplicity

The waist peplum again to me seems like a call back to Sleeping Beauty:

Someone (Stella) suggested in the comments on the previous post that Sleeping Beauty is wearing a corselet with tails, like this:

Corselet, ca. 1867, French, silk, Met

Corselet, ca. 1867, French, silk, Met

But I’m still seeing a peplum, which is essentially a short skirting on the bodice. Sure, you can see those as far back as the 17th century at least:

Margaret Layton’s jacket, 1610-1615, Victoria & Albert Museum.

The split overskirt is, again, very typical of the Renaissance:

Catherine de Medici

Like this 16th-c. portrait called Catherine de Medici.


Alright, what have you got? Which historical references did I miss in the Little Mermaid’s costumes?

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