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Art Nouveau Costume Designs III
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Published: November 27, 2014
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Here we are again! Esmeralda > Merida > Snow White .... Who is your favourite? I can't pick this time ><;

Thanks for all your support on this mini series by the way! :) 

Coming up! Jane, Pocahontas aaaannnd..... YOU DECIDE! Hehe. Please go to my DeviantArt profile page and vote on the poll there! Please only vote for the princesses on the list. That will be the last costume design series I'll be doing.


Construction Details

Under skirt is silk, overskirt is can be chiffon or organza, anything coloured but translucent, really. Bead trimming is gold medallions. Corset piece is boned. The off-the-shoulder ruffles aren't technically ruffles, rather they're poofed and wrapped under and sewn at a single seam. There are ruffles underneath however, and lace trimming.

A bit of a challenge as I don't envision Merida doing 'pretty'. I went for something Celtic inspired, with plenty of room for mobility, because Merida would appreciate it ;) The lower skirt panel is actually in four parts: centre, two sides and back, to allow the slits up the front parts. These are cut in light silks and (of course) ombre dyed. The 'armor' shoulder pads fit neatly over the shoulder and can be made either from embossed leather or worbla foam. Bodice is embroidered with thread (alternatively you could try flocking paint), while the belt-like additions are embroidered with beads. I envision the bodice being constructed of something similar to velvet. This is probably the dress with the most work!

Snow White
Ah, Snow White. Why must your dress be so similar in design to Ariel's human dress? Nevermind. Lots of bead and sequin embroidery on the sleeves, which are made of strong, translucent material and slit through to form the impression of her puffed sleeves. Skirt and boned bodice are embroidered with thread and small beads. Go wild with her headpiece! She loved flowers.


In other news! I'll be selling postcards of each individual princess just before Christmas. Check back on my profile in a few week's time for more details. And if you want to see how I drew Esmeralda from scratch, check my youtube channel!


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ama10wen's avatar

Merida's my favorite of the 3! mostly because of her facial expression

moonlitinuyasha1985's avatar
Well, at least she'll be able to move around. :)
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NectpHobbyist Digital Artist
really elegant 
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Melbunnie24Hobbyist General Artist
Super chique and fashionable! Great fashion ideas!
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AverageOtakuGirlHobbyist Digital Artist
I think Merida's is my favorite. Fantastic! :heart:
madwriter's avatar
This is astaunding. The level of details you've put into these is staggering. XD
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laney10Hobbyist General Artist
wow wow wow I love Merida's design Heart 
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SimatiHobbyist General Artist
I like how Merida doesn't have any shoes XDD
AnimeKoneko242's avatar
I liked Esmeralda, but the original story was so tragic. 
Camille254's avatar
Meridaaa we have the same haiiir
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sushi4427Student General Artist
Probably Merida. She caught my eye immediately.
ThaliaGrey's avatar
I adore the middle one. Is it Merida or Ariel?
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CamomilleSHobbyist General Artist
Merida of course. :)
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RabidDrawingHobbyist Traditional Artist
One nitpick:
Merida has freckles.
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the design and detail wok is so intricately well done and I love how each one has different facial structures because each is done so skillfully and its just really impressive so well done
stormcrown9's avatar
they are all beautiful!
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evangeline16williamsHobbyist General Artist
I love Esmeralda's hair in this and Merida's as well.
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sen-paaiiHobbyist Digital Artist
I'm planning to cosplay your version of Snow White next year and my best friend just decided to do Meg~
They're all just so stunningly beautiful (#>w<#)
(I already hate myself for that choice, because I have no idea how to make the dress :'D) 
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I love the Merida most, the design is just perfect.
But (this is the funny part) I didn't chose her to cosplay especially because of the movement. As a seamstress I simply can't imagine how to lift up my arms with a tight piece of fabric around my shoulders. And now I read your description about the movement and I can't help but to smile.
I am chosing the costume for cosplay gala ball and in the end I chose Pocahontas because of the mobility. :D
Do not take this as a harsh critique, the designs overall are my favourite custom versions of Disney princesses (If I had the figure, I'd love to cosplay them all! :D). I love your work and I'm looking forward to see another art nouveau characters (as someone from Mucha's homeland I'm happy everytime I see something new from you).
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