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For all of you asking about good costuming resources in regards to my historical Disney princesses, here's an initial list:

ON THE INTERNET!
Demode Couture (There are so many links I could post that are already compiled and organized beautifully on Kendra VanCleave's site.  Absolutely worth your time.) demodecouture.com/links/
The Costumer's Manifesto (cluttered but deep, lots of good links hidden away in the fray) www.costumes.org/
Wikipedia (surprisingly useful!  Great for when you're trying to initially pin down a period.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_…
For some unadulterated extant dress porn, Tumblr is a fantastic point of reference:
oldrags.tumblr.com
defunctfashion.tumblr.com
omgthatdress.tumblr.com
yeoldefashion.tumblr.com

BOOKS!
Some great overview/survey books:
A History of Costume www.amazon.com/History-Costume…
What People Wore: 1,800 Illustrations from Ancient Times to the Early Twentieth Century www.amazon.com/What-People-Wor…
What People Wore When: A Complete Illustrated History of Costume from Ancient Times to the Nineteenth Century for Every Level of Society www.amazon.com/What-People-Wor…
Fashion (Taschen 25th Anniversary) (amazing extant gowns) www.amazon.com/Fashion-Taschen…

Any and all of the "fashion in detail" books:
Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail www.amazon.com/Nineteenth-Cent…
Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Fashion in Detail www.amazon.com/Seventeenth-Eig…
Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700 - 1915 www.amazon.com/Fashioning-Fash…
Underwear: Fashion in Detail www.amazon.com/Underwear-Fashi…
Dress in Detail From Around the World www.amazon.com/Dress-Detail-Ar…

For sheer variety during the Victorian/Edwardian eras, any photographic books or collections of fashion plates are great:
Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey www.amazon.com/Victorian-Edwar…
Victorian and Edwardian Fashions from "La Mode Illustree" www.amazon.com/Victorian-Edwar…
Victorian Fashions and Costumes from Harper's Bazar, 1867-1898 www.amazon.com/Victorian-Fashi…

I'm sure I have more (I know I have more, in fact), so I'll try to keep updating this on a regular basis. :)
-C
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SeerWalker Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Anyone looking here should definitely check out her updated post on Tumblr! There is so much more.
shoomlah.tumblr.com/post/76245…
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's posted on DeviantArt already as well!
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BunnyLuvzit Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
As a clothes horse and a history buff (and all-around Disney fan), this list made my day!  Thanks so much for posting it!
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Fawnwatcher Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for these!
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Jherminia2737 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
This is so helpful for me and the work I do!  Thank you for this it saves a lot time!  I love all of your Historical Princesses!  Can't wait to see what's next.
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frank2791 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist
Most of these links focus mostly on 16th-19th century fashion. Would you happen to have any sites you like to use to research 12th-14th century fashion?
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shoomlah Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
there are a bunch that cover the medieval period in this list!
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frank2791 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh lol. Whoops. Thank you!
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TheUmagineer Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I've reblogged this on tumblr, but just to be safe...
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DemonAngelSakina Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. 
I was actually going to ask you if you for this same information so I could research for an idea I had for a character dress design I'm working on.
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WeaponX-23 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Girlish squeals!
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HaneWolf Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
THANK YOU SO DAMN MUCH THANK YOU
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Acecat2798 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
You wouldn't happen to have resources on ancient/medieval Japan would you? (Specifically the Sengoku Period?)
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nope!
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Acecat2798 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Dang it.
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frillyfins Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student General Artist
This is seriously what I've been looking for! Thank you for putting this out there <33

Google Images is NOT helping me, and I'm trying to find traditional dress references of the Ottawa tribe. Any tips?
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AibouKou Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
I feel for you. It won't be long and people will be bugging you for Anna. Do you ever regret making the Historical Disney Characters?
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AibouKou Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Oops! Sorry about that. This was supposed to be on your front page in the comment area. Stupid cellphone. What I get for messaging from it.
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The-MidnightFlower Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! i saw the pics and they surely look more accurate than the original disney design. :) super cute too! also, its nice to see the inspiration and fashion of each location and period of time (like the original tales depicted it)
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OutlawJacksLadyW Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
What's scary is how many of these refs are either on my bookshelf, or in my bookmarks. LOL There are also some really lovely groups on Facebook that are a clearinghouse for vintage photos showcasing period fashion. Even some dealing with very early burlesque and (?!?) rollerderby. One page I'm on is all about the House of Worth. That's when my keyboard is in danger of shorting out from all the drool.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
House of Worth is SO DANGEROUS. drool everywhere.
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OutlawJacksLadyW Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Oh, yes! There's just something about a Worth gown that's just... Not even enough words to describe. Not that he didn't have the occasional klunker, but they were so few and far between!

If you go to Facebook and look up House of PoLeigh Naise (yeah, spelled just like that), and go into their albums, you'll find one that's just chock full o' Worth-y goodness!
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FiredancerAtrea Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
These are amazing! * infinite amounts of fan-huggles*

ahem, apologies

vintagethimble on tumblr also has some good refs and even a decent collection of period accessories. Most all the photos are of surviving, museum-quality garments on manikins or historical recreations on models posing for the camera (front and back in many cases).

[link] is another one that's got a MASSIVE collection of images organized by a variety of criteria.

If ever you come across a good pattern catalog (fabric prints and designs, not garment construction) that's another good ref to have because I've seen people design "historical" Cambodian-style costumes....but the patterning on appropriate parts is a fleur de lis pattern.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
These are also OLD! Man, I really need to update this list. :) Thanks for the links!
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FiredancerAtrea Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
[link] found another you might be interested in.
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FiredancerAtrea Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
no prob ^w^
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TheWickedEve Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
This is fantastic,simply accurate...........you should try Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style its done by the Smithsonian(it has everything from men, women, shoes, and even costumes from any time period)
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have it! It is OUTSTANDING. :D
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TheWickedEve Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
It makes me weep with how lovely it is
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TechnicolorDreamCat Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you SO much for making this. This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for, for AGES. Many MANY heartfelt THANKS! :love:
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ProfessorBats Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Thanks for sharing!
Maybe I missed it in your list, but there is also the Metropolitan museum website, often with multiple views, and with zoomable, high-def photos. Alas, the site used to have much better search tools (unless I just don't know how to use it now, less user friendly if nothing else).
[link]
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isabelladangelo Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
[link]

Hi, Just wanted to let you know about my blog. I'm collecting images of extant garments that aren't in museums to keep a record of them for research purposes.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the heads up! :D
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elyison Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, thanks so much for the references! I've been looking for a while when I finally found this (on accident, actually) This is a really good collection of links!
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blu-orange Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
As a history major I just want you to know how thoroughly pleased i am by the amount of research and attention to detail you put into your series! Not only are the princess beautiful, your comments and research are very informative. I love pocahontas and jasmine (not because they were my favorite) because of the historical accuracy you conveyed through their dress.
This is a wonderful series, Ariel as a gibson girl? French court Belle? 16th century germany Snow white (by the way how did you know she was germanic)? They are just too good!
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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WhiteHeather Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm always looking for more historical fashion references. I just love this stuff. Thanks for the great list.

I also can't wait to see who you do next in your series of Disney ladies :)
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McBaa Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the most useful collection ever. Thank you :heart:
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samoholic Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing, I don't know exactly why I do, but I do love collecting and finding information about Period Fashion, and this is a great starting point for anyone looking for the same. Great job gathering this all up.
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SantuariosYue Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Can I add some of the links I have? I have a lot.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You can send me suggestions, sure!
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Disneyboi411 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
so what's next on this project?
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midsneypixels Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE YOU!
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WhateverCat Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so useful! I don't think I ever would have found all these on my own.
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Rosella-of-Daventry Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I should've posted this a long time ago, but I just wanted to thank you so much for posting this journal! :rose: :heart: It helped me so much, you do not even know, dude!
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to be of help!
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PJfan08100 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks sooo much for posting! I almost gave up searching on the internet for historical costumes, but that's all I wanted! :w00t:
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Desertfire Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011   General Artist
When I heard that journal faving was coming, I knew yours would be the first I faved. Such good information that I can fav to get to it easily.

Needless to say, great journal!!! I'm still planning to check out one of the books you mention when I get around to it!
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Ra-ooo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is a reason for being able to favorite journals! O,:

Your historically accurate Disney dresses are so beautiful and well done, it's really inspiring! I wouldn't even know where to begin on them, they're just gorgeous~

Thank you so much for putting these references together!
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akaibelier Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011   Digital Artist
WHAT IS THIS PARADISE.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
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