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Just stepping in to give a quick DISCLAIMER - most of this art is five years old at this point and embarrassingly out-of-date!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 accordingl; check out literally any of my more recent art if you're looking for more thoughtful historical fashion.  Thanks much!

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.

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Alexzandr54's avatar

I'm happy that Belle is not wearing that ugly large white wig.

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So gloves didn't come on the scene until the 1800s but did gowns ever have those off-shoulder sleeves or was it pretty much all half sleeves with huge frills?
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There is one type of dress that did have an off-the-shoulder neckline in France (and elsewhere in Europe) throughout most of the 18th Century, called the robe de cour, but it was (to my understanding) only worn in the royal court- so may be relevant to Belle(?) But I don't know for sure of the ins and outs of exactly when and where it was required to wear.

The neckline is quite different from Belle's in the original movie and Claire's version here- the movie dress is more akin to 1860s necklines. Note also the particular sleeve style- this and the neckline are holdovers from dress in the previous century. It was also the only style of dress of the period to fasten up the back of the bodice rather than the front, and the bodice was heavily boned to get the conical shape, so stays were not worn underneath. Here is a blog post from a lady whose knowledge I greatly admire and trust, if you want a little more info thedreamstress.com/2013/09/ter…  Pictures are of  Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria (1760s, Martin van Meytens ) -  I thought I'd find a nice gold/yellow one and this even has roses!  and Marie Antoinette (1778, Vigée-Lebrun)
  Marie elizabeth by vanderlynsmuse   Victoria-214x300 by vanderlynsmuse   
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shoomlahProfessional Digital Artist
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vanillacookiemonsterHobbyist Writer
heyyyy i really love your art and I made your drawing into a real dress, can i send you pictures of it?
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shoomlahProfessional Digital Artist
absolutely!!
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vanillacookiemonsterHobbyist Writer
Just sent you a note with the links!
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Sp0ttiStudent Digital Artist
i swear i thought it was a big burly man with weirdly shaped muscles at first xD
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That dress though!!! She looks a little vain
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NemmysisHobbyist Digital Artist
I know this is really oold, but this looks more like Spain fashion, since well... she has no upper body to show wich was part of the court fashion in 1770, it looks more 2 decades behind also because of the hair.
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EsthercazanovaProfessional Traditional Artist
i love this
C-wonder1's avatar
she looks more snooty than caring but this still looks nice
grisador's avatar
She's... She's almost 'boy like' :o Medivial France was odd
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MariaAthenaYuStudent General Artist
Too flambouyant for my taste...
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More panniers than a bakery.
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Yura-chan General Artist
I loves these artwork
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AkariLeeHobbyist General Artist
Did Buzzfeed use your illustration as an reference to one of their films?
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shoomlahProfessional Digital Artist
yup, they reached out to me.
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LAdolphingirlHobbyist General Artist
So pretty!
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SOOOOOOOO pretty!
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Riderboy1Student Writer
Oh; this is interesting! I'm not into Disney Princesses; but I like history!
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Azurilla12Student General Artist
Great job!
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