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Nothing to it, really by shoomlah Nothing to it, really 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Just stepping in to give a quick DISCLAIMER - most of this art is five years old at this point and embarrassingly out-of-date!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 accordingly; check out literally any of my more recent art if you're looking for more thoughtful historical fashion.  Thanks much!

I went with the mid 1860's for Cinderella's dress, the transitory period where the cage crinoline takes on a more elliptical shape and moves towards the back. Not that it accounts for Lady Tremaine's sweet 1890's getup, but it's also not unheard of to see it worn alongside Anastasia and Drizella's early bustle dresses. It's also worth noting that it was made by a fairy godmother, so it make sense that her tastes would be a little behind the times.

Not to mention background characters, who seem pretty firmly planted in the middle of the century:…

I couldn't settle on a visual motif for the details in this one- shoes, pumpkins, mice- so I just gave her some stripes and gothic lace to make up for it. OH ALSO I drew her losing her right shoe instead of her left and only recently realized it. Whoops.

(Photoshop CS4)

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Given 2011-11-09
Nothing to it, really by *shoomlah. Just one part of a lavishly beautiful set of illustrations - the gorgeous (not to mention historically accurate) costume design, so well-researched and rendered with flawless linework and exquisite coloring - no wonder this series is so famous! Be sure to check out the other pieces in this artist's enchanting gallery! ( Featured by alicexz )
fishofglass Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
that’s awesome!
veronarmon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a lovely drawing
Yura-chan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015   General Artist
i love this, I don't mind that its the right foot (I always lose my right shoe and joke I'm like cinderella) I like it with the stripe ^^
belarin Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
I like this, but I feel like the colour is missing something compared to the original. Not because it's blue -  the original 1950s theatrical poster infact has the dress as blue.…
The original dress was all floaty light blue/silver tones, and then you had that really black choker. It's got the same punch as a Degas ballerina.… But here, you have the dark lines running through all the dress, and a lower, fragmented choker. It's more unified but it also lacks that graphic power of the original Mary Blair colour blocking. Just my $.002

Although a friend of mine insists that the original dress is based on this Falero painting...seems unlikely but it's a nice more 1890s sort of look.…
winxsome Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
FiredUpAuthor Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Student Writer
Just out of curiosity are you going to make a new dress for the live-action one?
EllaOfCinders Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
I love this! 
Shoujouhi Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Revisiting this now that the live-action trailer for Cinderella is out. Loving what the costumes look like, though cannot help but wonder if they couldn't have tried a little harder to break away from basically copying the original cartoon styles... Maybe that was the idea, but I'd love to see a more traditional retelling of Cinderella with the three balls, and three dresses (sun, moon, and stars themed).

Still love your rendition though, and hey, court dress tended to be behind the times anyway so that could be another explanation for an 1850s style mixed with later fashions!
Taggerific Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you mean by three dresses? Was there originally three? I'm kinda curious
Hantabe Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
they actually look way different from the cartoon XD
Kitty-Kat404 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
You know the disney cinderella 2015 one dress looks just like this and no joke just watch the trailer of cinderella disney 2015 and you can see it
deepgirl187 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

I know you're not doing commissions, but are you still releasing prints of the historical Disney artwork?  Thanks in advance.

LionessJhr Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cinderella's dress in the movie is not my favourite, to me it always seemed so plain compared to the other character's clothes. I love how you fixed it up so the fabric looks more realistic and added the trim and stripes on the skirt.
I'm going to try and choke back my constant debacle with the world on the fact that, despite the fact the Cinderella's dress is blue in every piece of artwork or marketing ever, CINDERELLA'S DRESS WAS FRICKIN' WHITE IN THAT MOVIE!

Any how, great job, though I'm pretty sure the bustled crinoline didn't come into fashion until the late 60's, but hey - who care
shoomlah Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
1. everyone knows it's white in the movie and blue in marketing, though- you're hardly the first person to bring this up.
2. this is meant to be silver, it just has a blue overlay on the final piece that casts it further in the blue direction.
3. this isn't a bustled crinoline- as it says in the description, it's an elliptical crinoline.
KurotsutaMurasaki Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Oh! That's a great happy medium between marketing and original. Props.

And on hindsight, I noticed that it couldn't possibly be a bustled crinoline, stupid me. So that's my bad. Sorry.
It must be annoying when people bring up something that's covered in the description.
shoomlah Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
no worries, happens all the time. :)
tomboysquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
way better than the original Cindy!
Andromedaminecraft Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Remembers me of Empress Sissi.Beautiful.
Jsinuco Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Gorgeous Cinderella!
Smileyfaceonthewall Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I like it a lot!!!! :D Very historically accurate.
kasuka-chan Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Mirror the pic and it IS the left shoe.  Problem solved! ;D
BLloyd173 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!
I wanna see the glass shoe so bad!
MrOneEars Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bravo! Beautiful work!
thestarvingartist1 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so pretty I'm gonna die!
artkid2012 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
your work is beautiful
CrystalSetsuna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
i love this dress. it makes me think of that story about the "Moon, Stars and Sun" dress to be honest! all the lacy edges, and that bodice is gorgeous!!<3 i love the v shaped decollege and the kind of puffy sleeves. the stripes do look a tad out of place, but only when you really think about it. maybe some kind of brocade would have worked better?...did they have brocade back then,or am i thinking too far back...? also, the flowers in the hair, gorgeous touch.^^ kinda wish they had done that in the disney movie!
Dubai-Zelda Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
We're talking Civil War Period, right? I've seen quite a few tintype photos of women wearing dresses from around this era with stripes on the gowns. I kind of love it because it makes it different from the others. Unless you mean out of place on an evening dress, then maybe a little. Brocade borders on the striped panels could work, too... :)
Lolitafreak88 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Enchanting indeed ^_^. I love the Gothic details as well, very Lolita and I especially like how her hair is done and her gloves and necklace.
elizabethmaryy Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
I've seen some people do Tudor clothing styles for Cinderella as opposed to the mid 19th century you chose. How do you feel about that and why do you think they may have chosen it?
shoomlah Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not sure what you mean by "how I feel about it," people are welcome to draw whatever they want!  Ther reason why mine is set when it is, is because the film is pretty undeniably 1850's-60s- you even see young Drucilla and Anastasia  wearing 1830's-40's garb as kids. :)
RukarioTrainer Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
The colors in that are rather beautiful!
BlackEye-Pea Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Can't you just flip the picture?
ShadowsHeir500 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013

Love this dress. Placed the time period right away.


My sister also wants this dress in white for her wedding.


Also, on the "historical accuracy loop-hole abuse," I personally love the fairy godmother excuse for Disney Princesses. Between Aurora being raised in the woods by three fairies who know next to nothing about human lives, and Cinderella having a very... er... absent-minded fairy godmother, you always get a little wiggle room. xD (Still think this was the best choice you could have made, though.)

Chibionna Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I love this one better than the original. Like wow, this is a gorgeous dress. And her hair...ugh. Love. it.
MissyKitty Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I love this dress the best so far. I love the detailing on her gloves, the delicate looking choker. The neckline & puffed sleeves are exquisitely animated.
dannyhayes75 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love this version a lot and it feels VERY true to what Disney might have been getting at. It was clearly set around the mid nineteenth century around 1860s, maybe even late 1850s, kinda Empress Eugenie inspired or even post Civil War era. Even though Lady Tremaine is wearing more late 1880s-1890s clothing but whatever, it's Disney. Im thinking more of this look maybe? This might be a little earlier though..but it does feel in the spirit to me.

lupus-stellam Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Beautiful!!! Much better than the original~
BLloyd173 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ooooooh I wanna see her shoe!
Noxfae Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
ermagherd! Disney just blocked this video on youtube. I was just watching it last week! The hell?
Brittany-Psalm28-7 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
I'm amazed at all the research you did for these pictures! So dedicated! :clap:
SilverCinderella Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Oh it's absolutely Beautiful!:floating:
dream-in-color Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
This one is my super favorite. Something about that dress and the hair are just so gorgeous to me!
Ki-Plueschie Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow it's a grat idea pretty *___*
Lamashtar Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
I've actually seen more French versions of Cinderella..The book I grew up with had her in Marie Antoinette style, with the SUPERGIANT HAIRDO. Cinderella's hair was the biggest in the room! Clearly this is why she was the prettiest! Crazy to learn about the real hair fashion being that way years later. I wish I still had that book!
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