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Just stepping in to give a quick DISCLAIMER - most of this art is five years old at this point and embarrassingly out-of-date!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!

Honestly? I just wanted to draw those damn slashed sleeves. I want them SO BAD.

Unlike the aforementioned Little Mermaid, Snow White's time period is pretty easy to pinpoint in 16th century Germany. Not that the film is accurate, but the clues are there- I took a wide swath from about 1500-1530 to come up with something that still maintained the spirit of the original design.


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Rebelling-Lemming Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
Great art!
moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018
Wonder what kind of fabric the gown's made of.
DarkPrincess116 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks better than in the movie :D I love the sleeves and the hair
BumbleCat1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
Colours really pop out at you!!
Lenlover4896 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
So I don't think I've said this before, but out of all your historicaly accurate princess(which are all super duper awesome, I love them), this one is my favourite.
joyful-angel Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
These are all so great...
FarrenGrimwarden Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
they completely cannibalized the brothers Grimm stories. they made it suitable for children. and they veered way way way off course with the plot line. the queen attempted to kill snow white at least 3 times, not including the apple which everyone knows about, and in the original story I don't think there was a true loves kiss at the end of the original story. and they buried the original stories behind Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty (Briar Rose), Snow White and the 7 dwarves, Hercules, and several others so deep that I highly doubt that anyone other than people who delve into classical (Greek and Roman) mythology and old fairy tales knows the original stories behind the Disney princess movies. I don't know the story behind Mulan at all. I know for a fact that they destroyed the Hercules (Heracles) myth in both Greek and Roman mythology. Hera hated Hercules' guts and she wasn't even his real mom! Also there was no Gaston in the original story that beauty and the beast was based off of. Sorry I needed to vent.
shoomlah Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You mention that people don't delve far enough into fairy tales and source material, but have you ever looked at the source material the Grimm Brothers were playing around with?  In the same way that Disney "veered off course," so did the Brothers Grimm – their adaptations of the stories are notoriously misogynistic, often demonizing, brutalizing, shaming or punishing women across the board when the original fairy tales did nothing of the sort.  I wholly recommend Grimm's Bad Girls and Bold Boys if you're interested in digging deeper!

I don't approve of arbitrary changes or whitewashing of myth and fairy tales (Hera, Mulan recast as the hero of a western morality tale, the innate racism of Aladdin) but I don't think adapting or changing fairy tales is innately bad!  Even Greco-Roman myths weren't written in stone; they evolved, they were passed along and changed, and they were adapted to suit the needs and tastes of whoever was telling them. :D
Show-A-Bit-Of-Teeth Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice counter-argument.
ImogeneBlackwater Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
Disney needs to hire you for their live action films, you work is just stunning! I love that it's a fresh take but still stays true to the original design.
Yura-chan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015   General Artist
I love those sleeves too XD this series caught my eye when I was looking at something of mine XD
Simple-Clever-Bot Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd cosplay this.
Lenlover4896 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So while I love ALL the historically accurate Disney Princesses you've done, I've realized that Snow White is probs my favourite... Don't know why tho...
ScooterDracon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Student General Artist
What time period does "Snow White" even take place in?
Evil-is-Relative Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
OH MY GOSH I adore that embroidered tree panel on the skirt! I now want this outfit for myself, except I don't have the waistline for it. XD I really like all the little embroidery motifs you mix into these. In this one particular, I like how you've changed the bright yellow of her original design to a more classy gold. :)
PuddingValkyrie Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh so pretty :heart:  I love the sleeves and how you did her hair.
hlootoo Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Did you use Photoshop or Illustrator?
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad that I found this!
JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ejcapulet Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
I just love those slashed and banded sleeves.  This is so much better than the Disney design; even when I was a little kid I thought Snow White's bare arms looked almost indecent and the whole dress was just too bland (gimme a break, I was a strange kid).
ArrestingAries Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
This is wonderful!!!
Love your style:)
Elzasugarpop5 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this so much! I may follow your lead and modify Disney characters, just hoping that's okay?
WishIWould Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm making this for my first ever cosplay! (not first ever costume project, but first of this magnitude). I even actually ordered historically accurate velveteens and linens...yikes! I'm considering deviating from your design slightly to fit the cranach court gown style (…, with the guarding and laced front, but I do love the pointed bodice and embroidered blue pane here...torn! Let me know if you'd prefer I stick more closely to your design, but otherwise I'll just have fun with it and send you pictures when I'm finished! 
mlpfan1982 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know the film took place in Germany but I always liked the idea of it being in the Netherlands
Andromedaminecraft Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Much better than her original dress! I'd like to see Snow White as Anne of Cleves. 
LionessJhr Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Snow White is not one of my favourite Disney princesses, but this dress is so much more detailed than in the movie. Also, most people don't really know this but Snow White is supposed to be like 14 in her movie so the body shape is a little weird. But I'm sure you either didn't know that or just stylized her.
AerithReborn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
*laughing so hard* Simplicity pattern 1728 totally referenced this.  Apple and all.  
shoomlah Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
they're actually referencing the movie Mirror Mirror- the apple pose existed long before I came around to it. :)
hufflepuffs Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student General Artist
The hairnet is what kills me with this one, the sleeves holy cow omg ur a geniussss <3 
AzalieFinrandi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Now, Disney, that's how you draw a princess's dress. *adds to favorites*
TheNewDorothyGale Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
it's awesome how you manages to keep her trademark stretched-arm posing! Snow is the best princess ever (though I also adore Aurora and Cinderella) and I'm glad she got a dress worthy of her awesomeness.
MagicDusty Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
I think in the film, she didn't have slashed sleeves, but red shapes stitched on to blue short puffy sleeves.
shoomlah Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You are missing the point of this series I think
MagicDusty Featured By Owner Edited Aug 8, 2014
Actually maybe they were slashed sleeves in the film, it's just the way they slashed them gave them the shape the red parts have in the film.
MagicDusty Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
I was just letting you know I think they weren't originally slashed sleeves, but I really like your re-interpration of them as slashed sleeves. This is one of yours is a particularly beautiful design.
GeeNyx Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Personally, i think the sleeves (and the whole dress) are much better and well-though out than the original ones.
marianaplp Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
wow, she looks way more real than the original one XD
craftykari Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love all of your historical princesses. I guess you have two more to draw now (Elsa and Anna). Can't wait to see them!
MrOneEars Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bravo! Beautiful work!
thestarvingartist1 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I had this dress I would totally be wearing everywhere. Even to school and the grocery store.
carolnuts Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
those sleeves girl... 
smushypumpkins Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so pretty
ilseG Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
very lovely.
PepperJDarcy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
these are so gosh, darn beautiful. I know you probably receive a million and one of these photos a day… and I'm not trying to suck up your time unfairly. But these are just so absolutely gorgeous. All of them are. Sincerely!

you probably receive this question a gazillion times, idk, and there's no pressure. I'm merely curious. Are you going to add Merida, Elsa, and Anna? I'm just curious. No pressure :)
Nisha-Tsukino Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Hello, I'm going to cosplay this in the summer and I was wondering if you had any detail or close-up pictures of the embroidery on the skirt and bodice?

If not I'm still going to try to recreate it as best I can, I hope I can do you justice!
shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm afraid a lot of it is loose scribbling, but let me know- I can send you a high res shot anyway just in case!
Nisha-Tsukino Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Also, what would be the best way to reach you, Skype?
Nisha-Tsukino Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
That would be lovely if you could. I'm trying to get it done by June and the embroidery will be one of the biggest tasks.
Alexi-C Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
great design
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