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And a bit alarming by shoomlah And a bit alarming by shoomlah
I can't explain it, but reinterpreting Disney princess outfits through a more historically accurate lens really, really appeals to me. Beauty and the Beast has always hovered hesitantly in the late 18th century (especially in the earlier concept art), so I redid Belle's gold dress to match 1770's French court fashion.

- Claire, who knows above-the-elbow gloves weren't really in fashion until the early 1800's but is running with it anyway.

(Photoshop CS5)

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veronarmon Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Beautiful dress
WhiteHeather Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know your series isn't meant to be 100% historically accurate and you've said that you'd like to redo some of these earlier ones if/when you have the time, but I was wondering if the neckline and sleeve design of this outfit were based on anything historical or if you just took liberties with the design there to make it more like the movie?

I've always been interested in historical fashion, though I'm certainly not as well versed in it as many people, and also love Disney so I've been thinking about making some cosplays of some of your designs. Elsa and Belle are my favorite Disney Royalty so they are the two I was looking at first. I've been looking for potential patterns to use as a starting point and for Belle I have just found absolutely nothing that doesn't have at least elbow length sleeves so if there are examples that you've found with necklines and sleeves more like your design I'd love to see them!
shoomlah Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist…

I would change it!  I drew this as an angry little rant at myself. :P  If there's one thing I would change first about this series, it's the damn neckline/sleeves on that dress. XD
WhiteHeather Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, if I ever do decide to make a cosplay of it maybe I'll change that part up a bit too! I really love this series. they are all gorgeous Definitely looking forward to whomever you end up doing next!
LightxLove Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How come I didn't know about you before? TT__TT I can feel the disgrace!
Anyways, it's such a good work of yours! I've always complained that Disney princesses don't really dress their era O.o This is JUST what I've always wanted to see, something historically accurate. Beautiful work!
herejust4fun Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
i love this dress more then disney's original and redesign!!!!
A-Bit-Of-Jester-Tea Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
I absolutely LOVE your series, and Belle is my favourite! I know that asking about different princesses is redundant, especially given that this is the same princess, but I was just wondering if you had/would be willing to consider Belle's blue peasant dress? I love the court fashion, but I always find peasants more historically fascinating, and while I know that I'm quite possibly the only one interested in such a piece, I suppose I just wanted to ask?

Beautiful work, all of it!
TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
I was wondering. Did the noble women have to ware white wigs? Or was it optional?
Olphey Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It was optional but most of them were wearing wigs because it was, well, fashion x) 
TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Thank you. You just give me the information that I needed.
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