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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.

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mystic2u Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Wow...holy golden meringue. That dress looks good enough to eat. :P
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slacker992002 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
She looks good.  A bit Marie Antoinette-ish.  Better watch her head.
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SwordOwl Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
That dress is awesome.
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Misha-Rbk Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Omygod its awesome! I loved this more than the original version *w* I would like to cosplay this one sometime :'D
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LionessJhr Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this dress, it looks so much nicer than the movie one. Disney's dresses seem to be very plain and undetailed compared to clothes from the era they're supposably set in. Belle is also one of my favourite Disney princesses.
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Spiralight Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The only time i've been impressed by a disney dress (in accuracy) was in Pocahontas 2!
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Which this dress has a similar silhouette n.n
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for all your lovely comments!
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LionessJhr Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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xPhantomhivex Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
This is probably my favorite of the series and the one I want to cosplay the most.

I would alter the sleeves to what you show in your rant when I cosplay it but then I'd feel a little bit sad that it will no longer be able to match the piece as close as possible. Depending on how much my sewing skills improve I might make this for 2016 since my 2015 list has already been made.
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veronarmon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
That is a beautiful dress
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veronarmon Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Beautiful dress
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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!
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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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
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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!
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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!
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Diamond-Queen Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love this dress more then disney's original and redesign!!!!
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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!
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TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
I was wondering. Did the noble women have to ware white wigs? Or was it optional?
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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) 
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TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Thank you. You just give me the information that I needed.
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Olphey Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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lighteningstorms Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
The French Revolution and the lower class Frenchmen beheaded their monarchies  in the 18th century so I doubt realistically Belle and Adam would be royals. If they were they would be in hiding and in fear of the mobs trying to kill them because France now wanted independence but it is Disney's adaptation of a fairy tale so...
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
they are literally a prince and princess. they live in a castle with servants.
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lighteningstorms Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Well yeah I know that but historically the French didn't have royals anymore by the 18th century. It was the French Revolution and the towns people beheaded the king and queen (who was Marie Antoinette at the time). There was a mob at the castle and when they broke in they took all the royals stuff and trashed the place. the towns people executed the royals in 1793. So historically Belle and Adam would have been killed rather he was a beast or not.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, I see where you're confused- the 18th century is the 1700's!  The 1800's are the 19th century. :)  This is based off of the 1770's, pre-French revolution. :)

-C
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lighteningstorms Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
No what a minute I think I said late 1700s was when the French had a revolution but even in early 1700s the people were upset with the royals and wanted them gone. They wrote bad things about them in news papers and just didn't like them. It wasn't till 1789 where they actually stormed the castle and executed the royals. But I guess when you look at the movie it could kind of feel like that time because the town where Belle lives are totally uncaring about their prince and we have no idea what happen to the king and queen. Maybe they were killed by french revolutionaries and only left Adam to be alive because he was never crowned. And maybe turning into a beast was actually the best thing that could happen to him to keep him safe. And the climax of the film the towns people do storm the castle and try to kill the beast prince. Maybe it's more than just "oh my gosh a beast" and maybe they know the beast is the prince and just want to kill the prince so they won't go back into a cruel monarchy. I doubt Beast and Belle would make good rulers. He is just starting to learn how to read and Belle is too much of a dreamer she doesn't focus on real life and the issues a nation can have. So I could see them being killed off once everyone finds out the prince is really alive and is married.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well what you said was "but historically the French didn't have royals anymore by the 18th century," which is just baldly not true, because the French had royals for 89% of the 18th century. :)  Whether or not you think they would be good royals, or whether or not they would have lasted, it is completely plausible- as indicated by the movie in which a prince lives in a castle- that the two of them would be part of the Ancien Régime.
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MrOneEars Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bravo! Beautiful work!
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TheStoryCollector Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Even though it's not 100% accurate it's still probably my favorite!
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GuiDey Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Hey ! I admire your work ! Those Disney Princesses are awesome ! *Q*

I wanna know, if that's not a secret, how do you do your lines and what brush do you use ? 

Thanks for the answer ! :) 
Thaaaank youu ! 
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Arentorea9 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Belle is one of my favorite Disney princesses. I LOVE this rendition! You did an phenomenal job! :D
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ElVaqueroMuerto Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous and well thought.  Wondrous work!
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So incredible, love your design here!
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Very nice.
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shadamy20 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
I love your style
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CrystalSetsuna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
this picture is sad for me...because i love Belle, but i kind of hate the dress. T_T the color is gorgeous and i cannot find fault with the bodice. but omg that huge wide skirt..this is one case where i'll gladly stick with disney's portrayal. also, i'd feel bad for Belle having to wear that white lead make up the french were fond of...T_T and bug lipstick. ugh. the rose motif though, i give on...gorgeous. it's just...so wide...
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
With all due respect, you are aware that this is supposed to be a historical redesign of the Disney dress, right? It's not about what -you- think is pretty or what looks nice, it's about making it historically accurate. To be honest, your comment seems very whiny and completely opinion-based rather than commenting on the actual quality of the work.
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CrystalSetsuna Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
yes i am aware of this. however i was bored, and showing my appreciation of the art by at least taking the time to comment about it with thought out comments, unlike most people who will silently fave, or look and move on. yes it's very opinion based because that's exactly what it is. my opinion. which i figure is better than simply typing something like, "OMG your art is fantastic!"
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InnateNobility Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
The French were not the only ones to wear panniers under their gowns to give the desired shape of the 1700's, neither were they the only ones to wear white lead-based make-up. You sound like a whining little girl. This artist's work is both closer to historical sources for clothing and quite beautiful. Rococo was all about "bigger is better." It was womens' way of being superior to men in having to have French doors installed just for their gowns to pass through doorways. Little things like that was part of the Age of Enlightenment, known as the Rococo/Georgian period.
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Toasts-gurl Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
That comment about the french doors, is that true? If so, best thing I've read all day. Genuine thanks!
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InnateNobility Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Yes it is, French doors were created because womens' gowns were becoming wider and wider on each side. There was a type of support women wore under their skirts called "panniers" which allowed the fabric to drape over in such a fashion that they became voluminous. Before French doors were designed, women had to shimmy sideways through doorways. Even more humorous is that they took up half a couch -- sometimes entirely -- when sitting down due to their skirts being so full and spreading out on furniture.

You're welcome, by the way.
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CrystalSetsuna Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Alright, thanks for the unasked for opinion about my opinion, and the insult! good thing neither is illegal or many people would be in prison.^-~
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InnateNobility Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
You're welcome.
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MadMegane Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
ah, this is so incredibly stunning! her face and pose is so elegant. Fantastic work!
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Lolitafreak88 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely loving it! The dignified expression, the beautiful rose and ribbon details, her hair accessories. One of Belle's best looks on this site. I love deviantART! 
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RedJoey1992 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Gorgeous. :D
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NeriSiren Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Holy rococo like woah, Batman! That dress is a bit alarming (but in a good way)! =D  Hey, the new queen deserves a fabulous gown.  Especially after, y'know, re-training an un-groomed, ill-mannered, tantrum-throwing prince and then breaking a castle-wide spell.

I like how you incorporated the mirror, too.
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blackkiteekat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
I would pay good money to see a girl successfully waltz in that rig, beautiful as it may be...
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Bambi-Killer Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Seems like she's wainting for a prince to go danceing with her :)
Here he is ! -> bambi-killer.deviantart.com/ar…
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snailer12 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
what program/system do you use for these amazing drawings


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