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And a bit alarming by shoomlah And a bit alarming by shoomlah
Just stepping in to give a quick DISCLAIMER - most of this art is five years old at this point and embarrassingly out-of-date!  I would love to redo these, armed with additional knowledge and wisdom, but my day job does't leave a ton of free time for personal projects.  Please take these with a grain of salt, and share accordingl; check out literally any of my more recent art if you're looking for more thoughtful historical fashion.  Thanks much!

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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Nemmysis Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know this is really oold, but this looks more like Spain fashion, since well... she has no upper body to show wich was part of the court fashion in 1770, it looks more 2 decades behind also because of the hair.
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Esthercazanova Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
i love this
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C-wonder1 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 8, 2015
she looks more snooty than caring but this still looks nice
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grisador Featured By Owner Edited Nov 4, 2015
She's... She's almost 'boy like' :o Medivial France was odd
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MariaAthenaYu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Student General Artist
Too flambouyant for my taste...
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:icontheatomicdog:
TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
More panniers than a bakery.
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:iconyura-chan:
Yura-chan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015   General Artist
I loves these artwork
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:iconakarilee:
AkariLee Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Did Buzzfeed use your illustration as an reference to one of their films?
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
yup, they reached out to me.
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:iconladolphingirl:
LAdolphingirl Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So pretty!
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PrincipalBunny Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Professional Artist
SOOOOOOOO pretty!
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Riderboy1 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Student Writer
Oh; this is interesting! I'm not into Disney Princesses; but I like history!
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Azurilla12 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Great job!
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Unwillingreaper Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
Your art is featured in this article, but you are not credited. 

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RedDiamond28 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
Lovely! This dress helped save me in a report on fashion for french class!
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KatarzhinaFC04 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
Her dress is so luxury and richly! She looks like a really queen! I like your work very much. ;)
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Lareponseest42 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it !! (THAT DRESS IS... OoO )
Your reinterpretations are wonderful :'D
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Cotchios009 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Student General Artist
I can't express with words how much i love this one!!
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PuddingValkyrie Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So poofy :heart:  I love this idea.  It appeals to me too~
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:iconzehnwaters:
ZehnWaters Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
Wouldn't she be from the 1800's?  Look at her dad's inventions.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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winxsome Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
wow just so beauty love lets hope the beast love it as must as i do lol
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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this!
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charlesjohn03 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student
Have you ever thought of a prince series? ;)
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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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:iconmisha-rbk:
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  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is a beautiful dress
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veronarmon Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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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DarlingDiamond 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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:iconthedevilreborn:
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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