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A sight lovely to see by shoomlah A sight lovely to see by shoomlah
[EDITORIAL NOTE: as much I love this piece for it's own merits, I'd also like to point out that I drew this three years ago and no longer consider it to be a valid attempt at a historical Jasmine!  I have plans to redo it one way or the other, just stepping in to make that clear for the time being. :) ]

Okay, these are getting more and more complicated, but this one was fun.

Let's be frank- Aladdin is hardly an exercise in historical accuracy. Combine that with Claire knowing veeeery little about historical* Middle Eastern clothing before starting on Jasmine, and you've got yourself a few days of research before digging into this thing.

It took some effort to track down some midriff-baring outfits but BY GEORGE I DID, thank you Persian fashion plates. I now know what sirwal are called (besides Hammer pants), and that Persian women wore some pretty sweet little jackets that I wish I owned.


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*seemed silly to say "pre-Islamic" when I ended up researching pre- and post-Islamic fashion.
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SerenDippityDooDah Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read you're gonna re-do this as the historical princess Badroulbadour, (which is great) but seriously, I just wanted to say thanks for making her Middle Eastern for this instance.
Based on my research, I believe the original Aladdin took place in Samarkand, which plays a historic role if you look it up. And maybe the princess was of a Chinese lineage, or Central Asian (personally I think she was Indonesian, which is "far to the East" in the original story), but, to me, it just feels right that they're Middle-Eastern, like in the Disney film, and now this piece. So for my own sake, thank you! This really is amazing!!
shoomlah Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Oh don't worry, I wouldn't remake her as Badroulbadour!  I just want to design this one as properly Saudi Arabian. :D
ArsalanKhanArtist Featured By Owner 6 hours ago   Digital Artist
Agrabah city based on Baghdad, Iraq, also during Islamic Golden Era! :D
queenofmintchocolate Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the henna designs.
Crystalfelix22 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love your version way more :)
trinity-lea Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
This is pretty much my favorite of your Disney drawings, unless you did Merida and I somehow missed it?!
SparklySockz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The original Aladdin was actually set in China. So she should look completely different. ;p
shoomlah Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
please, please read the FAQ!  It's linked on the piece and almost every other page, and it addresses this pretty directly.
SparklySockz Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright chill.
LionessJhr Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this outfit! The movie clothes are very plain and cartoonish which I guess is right about the rest of the movie visually (excluding the "A Whole New World" scene) I also prefer Jasmine's hair and jewellery here.
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