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Art Nouveau Costume Designs III by Hannah-Alexander Art Nouveau Costume Designs III by Hannah-Alexander
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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rosewitchcat Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2018
moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018
Well, at least she'll be able to move around. :)
Nectp Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really elegant 
Melbunnie24 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Super chique and fashionable! Great fashion ideas!
starl1ght3y3s Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
AverageOtakuGirl Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think Merida's is my favorite. Fantastic! :heart:
madwriter Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
This is astaunding. The level of details you've put into these is staggering. XD
laney10 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
wow wow wow I love Merida's design Heart 
Simati Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how Merida doesn't have any shoes XDD
AnimeKoneko242 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
I liked Esmeralda, but the original story was so tragic. 
Camille254 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
Meridaaa we have the same haiiir
sushi4427 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Probably Merida. She caught my eye immediately.
ThaliaGrey Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
I adore the middle one. Is it Merida or Ariel?
CamomilleS Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Merida of course. :)
RabidDrawing Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One nitpick:
Merida has freckles.
Decembra1998 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
jinxx-time-master Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016
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
garrus368 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016
Ey,they are cool
stormcrown9 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016
they are all beautiful!
evangeline16williams Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Esmeralda's hair in this and Merida's as well.
sen-paaii Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Hobbyist 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) 
ArashiCZ Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist
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).
AngoraRabbit Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
Snow White is so lovely. Her design is so heavenly~
A-M-Sirce92 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Velvet fabric concerns me with Merida being an outdoorsy type. I've heard that velvet is a somewhat heavy, stiff, and very non-breathable fabric so she would basically be sweating to death in it. Egyptian cotton that's well made is both breathable and sturdy, which might be a better option for an athletic type like Merida. Velvet would be better suited to Snow White I think since it can be a very costly lŭury material. I love your work. It's nice to see Art Nouveau being brought back into style. Have you done Princess Eilonwy from the Black Cauldron?
LDboy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Even more lovely ladies!
Esmeraldas dress is the least changed in appearance but still has that art nouveau look to it.
Merida won't be popping any seams in this dress anytime soon. Practical and yet a dress worthy of a princess. I do love those Celtic influences as well.
Snow Whites just screams flower field. The poofy sleeves are a huge improvement over the original.
Curlyquills Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... These are cross stitch patterns? Awesome! I would love to be able to stitch one of these!
GraceAnneDraws Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
Beautiful! Please check out my art, it would mean a lot to me!
Ma-chan17 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this so much! It is so beautiful like the others in this style too, just perfect!
AdamAliHARRAT Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Disney princesses Victoria's Secret style this is interesting
LordAkiyama Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very stunning designs. Esmeralda and Merida have some good ones here.
airnaxela Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! Amazing! :D 
Hadlees Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Snow White looks gorgeous here!
Tsubasalover45 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Merida is my fave
TheStrategos Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Oh, so beautiful!
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
odduckoasis Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
This work is simply beautiful, simple and so inspiring! Thank you for sharing your talent.
LeDarkness1 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
Gorgeous! Love Esmerald's  dress, and love the medieval style of Merida's!
Huniidu Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
Simply gorgeous loving your art <3 
BiaOliveira Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Meridaaaa! So cute! Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap 
FoxKissedByDragon Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Esmeralda <3 soooo good ^^ love itLove 
ziemlichverruckt Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I love Snow White's sleeves!
ArtLover2192 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015
Merida and Snow White are my favs!
Dotterall Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015   General Artist
You got Snow White's sweetheart personality and princess style to a point! The sleeves are so ethereal! and Esmeralda is looking so cool and fluid-y. I feeel like Merida's dress is a little tight at the hips for running and riding and swordplay stances but everything else is perf, she looks adorable!
momo-chan59 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i have a need to cosplay Esmeralda...
Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do it! ;)
momo-chan59 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh i am...

i just need to get a dress form...
Coeleth Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
these restyling are so amazing! wonderful colors and shapes!! 
Jeffromelun Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work in here!
xXDracaenaXx Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
I actually don't like Esmeralda as a character, but in this picture she is my favorite. I also really like Snow's dress.
DiscordantPrincess Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
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