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Nothing to it, really by shoomlah Nothing to it, really by shoomlah
Just stepping in to give a quick DISCLAIMER - most of this art is five years old at this point and embarrassingly out-of-date!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 accordingly; check out literally any of my more recent art if you're looking for more thoughtful historical fashion.  Thanks much!

I went with the mid 1860's for Cinderella's dress, the transitory period where the cage crinoline takes on a more elliptical shape and moves towards the back. Not that it accounts for Lady Tremaine's sweet 1890's getup, but it's also not unheard of to see it worn alongside Anastasia and Drizella's early bustle dresses. It's also worth noting that it was made by a fairy godmother, so it make sense that her tastes would be a little behind the times.

Not to mention background characters, who seem pretty firmly planted in the middle of the century:…

I couldn't settle on a visual motif for the details in this one- shoes, pumpkins, mice- so I just gave her some stripes and gothic lace to make up for it. OH ALSO I drew her losing her right shoe instead of her left and only recently realized it. Whoops.

(Photoshop CS4)

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Given 2011-11-09
Nothing to it, really by *shoomlah. Just one part of a lavishly beautiful set of illustrations - the gorgeous (not to mention historically accurate) costume design, so well-researched and rendered with flawless linework and exquisite coloring - no wonder this series is so famous! Be sure to check out the other pieces in this artist's enchanting gallery! ( Featured by alicexz )
Rebelling-Lemming Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
Great art!
moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018
Cindy, your slipper! :ohnoes:
MagicDusty Featured By Owner Edited Oct 4, 2016
Hey there, I've been here before telling you how I thought Cinderella would have had the cap sleeves and bustle gown of...well, I don't know when in the 1800's. But I understand now, you thought because of the shape of her skirt, it would be the 1860's, and so the rest had to follow. Cinderella is my favorite Disney Princess (or character ever) with my favorite dress, so I'd love to talk a little more about it.

First, if you used a wide range of different decades for Snow White, why not Cinderella, to have the cap sleeves and bustle, but the same shape of the skirt?

Does the Cinderella in the film have a bustle? I believe I saw an official Disney color sheet that labeled the lighter-colored puffs on the sides of her waist a bustle (it was small and hard to read). If they aren't a bustle, then what would they be called in this 1860's design? Or they don't have a name, they are just some kind of decoration?

Also, I wanted to say I love everything about the picture except two things: the stripes and the hair. I feel like her hair would be nicer piled completely on her head, like in the movie. But maybe that's not historically accurate enough. Could you provide an example? Something to search for? Oh, actually, looking at the first hair you drew in the process video, I think that was almost perfect! As for the stripes, I LOVED the birds you drew in the process video, so I wish you had used them instead of the stripes! The birds are important as the helpers for Cinderella who never get turned into anything. But maybe what would have worked better would have been pumpkins with vines going everywhere. You could do a lot with the vines, and it would be very pretty, I think.

Anyway, as for the rest...I think it's gorgeous! It's really beautiful, and that's from a fan of the original! I think the original is the best and most beautiful, but really, it's not about doing better, but doing an alternate and perhaps equally beautiful gown, right?
Tweetles0 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the dress is beautiful
ThaahFreitas Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I watching now you youtube speed painting, and i'm in love! 
Mmkaay Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I'm astounded how smooth your free hand lineart is.
JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
BumbleCat1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
I almost prefer this than the original dress!! I love your work
IllegalSympathy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Better design than the live action one
fishofglass Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
that’s awesome!
veronarmon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a lovely drawing
Yura-chan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015   General Artist
i love this, I don't mind that its the right foot (I always lose my right shoe and joke I'm like cinderella) I like it with the stripe ^^
belarin Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
I like this, but I feel like the colour is missing something compared to the original. Not because it's blue -  the original 1950s theatrical poster infact has the dress as blue.…
The original dress was all floaty light blue/silver tones, and then you had that really black choker. It's got the same punch as a Degas ballerina.… But here, you have the dark lines running through all the dress, and a lower, fragmented choker. It's more unified but it also lacks that graphic power of the original Mary Blair colour blocking. Just my $.002

Although a friend of mine insists that the original dress is based on this Falero painting...seems unlikely but it's a nice more 1890s sort of look.…
winxsome Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
FiredUpAuthor Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Student Writer
Just out of curiosity are you going to make a new dress for the live-action one?
EllaOfCinders Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
I love this! 
Shoujouhi Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Revisiting this now that the live-action trailer for Cinderella is out. Loving what the costumes look like, though cannot help but wonder if they couldn't have tried a little harder to break away from basically copying the original cartoon styles... Maybe that was the idea, but I'd love to see a more traditional retelling of Cinderella with the three balls, and three dresses (sun, moon, and stars themed).

Still love your rendition though, and hey, court dress tended to be behind the times anyway so that could be another explanation for an 1850s style mixed with later fashions!
Taggerific Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you mean by three dresses? Was there originally three? I'm kinda curious
0cean0eep Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Old varients of the tale had the maiden attend the ball three nights in a row, wearing three different dress: one like the sun, one like the moon, and one that shone like stars. The prince figured out who she was on the third night.
Taggerific Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
oh! I see now 

I very slightly remember it- I tried looking it up but couldn't find it
Hantabe Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
they actually look way different from the cartoon XD
Kitty-Kat404 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
You know the disney cinderella 2015 one dress looks just like this and no joke just watch the trailer of cinderella disney 2015 and you can see it
deepgirl187 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

I know you're not doing commissions, but are you still releasing prints of the historical Disney artwork?  Thanks in advance.

LionessJhr Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cinderella's dress in the movie is not my favourite, to me it always seemed so plain compared to the other character's clothes. I love how you fixed it up so the fabric looks more realistic and added the trim and stripes on the skirt.
I'm going to try and choke back my constant debacle with the world on the fact that, despite the fact the Cinderella's dress is blue in every piece of artwork or marketing ever, CINDERELLA'S DRESS WAS FRICKIN' WHITE IN THAT MOVIE!

Any how, great job, though I'm pretty sure the bustled crinoline didn't come into fashion until the late 60's, but hey - who care
shoomlah Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
1. everyone knows it's white in the movie and blue in marketing, though- you're hardly the first person to bring this up.
2. this is meant to be silver, it just has a blue overlay on the final piece that casts it further in the blue direction.
3. this isn't a bustled crinoline- as it says in the description, it's an elliptical crinoline.
KurotsutaMurasaki Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Oh! That's a great happy medium between marketing and original. Props.

And on hindsight, I noticed that it couldn't possibly be a bustled crinoline, stupid me. So that's my bad. Sorry.
It must be annoying when people bring up something that's covered in the description.
shoomlah Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
no worries, happens all the time. :)
tomboysquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
way better than the original Cindy!
Andromedaminecraft Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Remembers me of Empress Sissi.Beautiful.
Jsinuco Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Gorgeous Cinderella!
Smileyfaceonthewall Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I like it a lot!!!! :D Very historically accurate.
kasuka-chan Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Mirror the pic and it IS the left shoe.  Problem solved! ;D
BLloyd173 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!
I wanna see the glass shoe so bad!
MrOneEars Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bravo! Beautiful work!
thestarvingartist1 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so pretty I'm gonna die!
artkid2012 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
your work is beautiful
CrystalSetsuna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
i love this dress. it makes me think of that story about the "Moon, Stars and Sun" dress to be honest! all the lacy edges, and that bodice is gorgeous!!<3 i love the v shaped decollege and the kind of puffy sleeves. the stripes do look a tad out of place, but only when you really think about it. maybe some kind of brocade would have worked better?...did they have brocade back then,or am i thinking too far back...? also, the flowers in the hair, gorgeous touch.^^ kinda wish they had done that in the disney movie!
Dubai-Zelda Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
We're talking Civil War Period, right? I've seen quite a few tintype photos of women wearing dresses from around this era with stripes on the gowns. I kind of love it because it makes it different from the others. Unless you mean out of place on an evening dress, then maybe a little. Brocade borders on the striped panels could work, too... :)
Lolitafreak88 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Enchanting indeed ^_^. I love the Gothic details as well, very Lolita and I especially like how her hair is done and her gloves and necklace.
elizabethmaryy Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
I've seen some people do Tudor clothing styles for Cinderella as opposed to the mid 19th century you chose. How do you feel about that and why do you think they may have chosen it?
shoomlah Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not sure what you mean by "how I feel about it," people are welcome to draw whatever they want!  Ther reason why mine is set when it is, is because the film is pretty undeniably 1850's-60s- you even see young Drucilla and Anastasia  wearing 1830's-40's garb as kids. :)
RukarioTrainer Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
The colors in that are rather beautiful!
BlackEye-Pea Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Can't you just flip the picture?
ShadowsHeir500 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013

Love this dress. Placed the time period right away.


My sister also wants this dress in white for her wedding.


Also, on the "historical accuracy loop-hole abuse," I personally love the fairy godmother excuse for Disney Princesses. Between Aurora being raised in the woods by three fairies who know next to nothing about human lives, and Cinderella having a very... er... absent-minded fairy godmother, you always get a little wiggle room. xD (Still think this was the best choice you could have made, though.)

Chibionna Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I love this one better than the original. Like wow, this is a gorgeous dress. And her hair...ugh. Love. it.
MissyKitty Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I love this dress the best so far. I love the detailing on her gloves, the delicate looking choker. The neckline & puffed sleeves are exquisitely animated.
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