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Sooooo Mulan. It's not that I didn't want to do Mulan (she's fantastic so far as the Disney "princesses" go), but pinning down her time period stopped being fun and rapidly became a headache- you have the original legend taking place in the Wei Dynasty, the Huns as an actual threat during the Western Han Dynasty, the Forbidden City of the Ming Dynasty, the hanfu fashion setting it earlier AGHGHGhjffjhfghgjhkh

On that note, I'll be the first to admit that this piece isn't tying Mulan down to a particular period, rather putting her in plausible historical textiles and hanfu. When I was asking around for references most of the stuff sent my way were from Chinese period films or other modern recreations, so I just threw up my hands and decided to have fun with it.

It's based on Mulan's finale/epilogue costume at the end of the film; she never seemed at home in either the matchmaker costume or the armor, so this seemed like the best "Mulan has come into her own" middle ground.


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hi! i really love the outcome! it's fantastic ღ( ´・ᴗ・` )

i thought you would be interested by drawing mulan one day again so here's some sources about her time period (northern and southern dynasty)
- a great chinese fashion timeline here Evolution of Chinese Clothing and Cheongsam/Qipao (fig 2 to 5) 
- wei jin northern southern dynasties fashion :… (in chinese)
- some photos of northern and southern dynasties fashion (in chinese)

hope these links will be useful to you (or anyone interested in redrawing a historically correct mulan)