So it’s been five years to the day since I started my historical (or, well, historical-ish) Disney princesses series. I have no idea how it’s been this long – I feel like I drew some of these yesterday – but it seemed as good an opportunity as any to revisit Belle now that I’m five years older and wiser. And now that I’m way more into the 1780’s/90’s.
I drew that original Belle on a whim, fueled by my sister’s time working as a costumed interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, and assuming it would be a one-off piece. In the long run, despite all their now egregious flaws, I owe this series for some pretty cool jobs, meeting a ton of cool people, developing an unexpectedly voracious appetite for historical fashion, and eating a fair amount of humble pie along the way.
I think this Belle probably marks the swan song of my historical Disney princess series. Much as I’d love to continue doing it forever, I’ve got a lot of exciting personal projects that I’m ready to dedicate more of my precious free time to. I’ll probably continue designing this stuff in my off hours – who am I to resist drawing the likes of Slue Foot Sue and Katrina Von Tassel – but I’m going to focus less on polished illustrations, and more on the research and design. When you get right down to it, that’s the aspect of this stuff that I love.
Thanks to everyone who stuck with me over the past five years, and here’s to way more historical fashion in the years to come I can’t even put into words how lovely y’all’ve been.
Just a little change. Small, to say the least.
And my goodness, five years?
One of my aesthetics is seeing the Disney Heroines/Princesses in historically accurate dresses.
It would be nice if you updated your other Historical Disney Princess drawings, but I respect you wanting to pursue other projects.
And again, Belle looks enchanting. Just incredibly enchanting.
While this dress is pretty in its own right (though why not at least embroider it or use crystals?--they don't weigh this gown down, which I know because I did it), it's not Belle, and it's jarring to see so modern of a gown in a movie very firmly placed toward the end of the 1730's when the rest of the costumes were as accurate as they were.
So if you're going to blame someone, blame the costume department on this. Duran thought she had been clever with the "tacky" elements.
I wonder if a gown like this will be what we see for Belle's gold gown in the new live-action version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast!
I saw a picture of the dress the Emma Watson Belle will wear in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, and if the picture is correct, it will be plain, boring, and very historically innacurate in the film. I wish either of your gowns was the dress in the film! They're so beautiful and more accurate!
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This Belle is a lot truer to the period than your previous one, either way they're both gorgeous. Thank you for some amazing pieces!
Historical Disney Princesses FAQRather than answering these individually over and over again, I'm just going to leave this here and add to it as needed:
- I'm not telling you which princess I'm doing next.
- I would appreciate it if you didn't tell me what character I should do next, or what you're looking forward to, or what character you hope I'll do! It's very sweet and I definitely appreciate the sentiment, but consider the fact that you're something like the 400th person to tell me about Elsa, or Anna, or Merida- it's not adding a lot to the conversation.
- No, I'm not doing any Kingdom Hearts characters. There's no particular historical precedent, so they don't really have anything to gain from this series.
Are you going to do Merida?
YES PLEASE STOP ASKING sobsobsob
Are you going to do Elsa and Anna?
Are you going to do any more pieces in this series?
Yes! Let it be assumed that I will continue doing these until stated otherwise.