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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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SwordOwl Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
That dress is awesome.
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
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.
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!…
Which this dress has a similar silhouette n.n
shoomlah Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for all your lovely comments!
LionessJhr Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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.
veronarmon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
That is a beautiful dress
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!
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