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Late 15th century Esmeralda by suburbanbeatnik Late 15th century Esmeralda by suburbanbeatnik
The latest in my Disney heroine series. Here's Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame in a more historical version of her red dancing dress. Esmeralda is one of my favorite Disney characters ever-- I love how sexy and athletic she is-- so this was a lot of fun.

Hunchback is set in 1482, but the closest I could find to an appropriate style came from a series of very early 16th century Flemish tapestries (dated around 1501-1525). You can see an interesting, very simple shift style with a very deep v-neck on a couple of them; a girl is even dancing in this style, which is particularly interesting. Here's the first version of the style, which you can see here (This is a detail of The Fair). Here's another take on this style here from the tapestry The Fortuneteller (note the woman in the striped dress). Esmeralda's dress keeps the high waist and bells of the first dress, but has the closed front of the second dress (because this does, after all, have to be rated PG). She's not wearing the typical gypsy women's turban of this time period, but it's really hard to envision this character with that kind of headgear. (I did put her in a ferroniere, inspired by this Boccaccino portrait.)

If you're interested in Renaissance era Romani fashion, this page is a great resource.
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The process by which you determine the outfits is always so interesting!
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! The research, as you can imagine, is one of the most enjoyable parts of this. :D
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