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Medieval Aurora by suburbanbeatnik Medieval Aurora by suburbanbeatnik
So, after a long, looong hiatus, here's my third Historically Accurate Disney Princess. This is Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty in a 1470s Burgundian style gown of sapphire-blue velvet and a brocade underskirt. It took a while to figure what era best suited this character aesthetically and conceptually, but I think this is the best. Even though Phillip in the movie states that it was the 14th century, there is nothing-- and I mean nothing-- 14th century about the costumes worn by any the characters. The movie's a gigantic mishmash of eras (which works fine for the movie) but it's kind of tricky for this sort of exercise.

Anyway, Aurora's off-the-shoulder collar, tight girded gown and long, very tight sleeves can only be found, out of the entire medieval era, in the late 15th century-- more specifically, in the last gasp of Burgundian fashion in the 1470s-80s-- so I went with that. I used these illuminations here and here for reference. (The brocade pattern came from this picture here.)

As for her hair, maidens back then frequently wore their hair loose-- it was also the accepted tradition at betrothals and weddings (not to mention coronations if you were a royal). You can see some of this in this depiction of a betrothal from Les Tres Riches Heures from the early 15th century. As for Aurora's crown, it's somewhere between the crown worn by Anne of Bohemia and the smaller crowns favored by Isabella of Castile.

My original preparatory sketch from April 2011 can be seen here. [link] As you can see, I pretty much stuck with my original concept, except I made her crown more ornate.

So there you go! More Disney princesses (or heroines, really) to follow.
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AVthreads Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, that is gorgeous!! Beautiful gown, and very beautifully rendered.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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AVthreads Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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LaurenGreiner Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
That blue... So pretty! Also, the undergown detail is gorgeous.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! :D
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atram95 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Your draw is Magnificent!! Congratulation I love it!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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DaisyViktoria Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
This is so lovely!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful! I love the way you rendered the velvet: looks so soft and touchable!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! This is only the second time I've painted velvet-- I'm pleased with how it turned out.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So Merryweather won out with the dress colour this time, then? :D

This is lovely!
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haius Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, blue goes better with her coloring anyway. :D

Thanks!
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TenorSaxLolita Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the poulaines poking out from under her dress
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's the name of the pointy shoes, right? I'm still not entirely up on my medieval terminology. For example, I know there's a specific term for this kind of gown, but I'm not sure what it is.
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TenorSaxLolita Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, the pointy shoes XD Poulaines is what they're called. I don't remember the specific term of the gown though, most people I know just call it a Burgundian gown, but then again I don't regularly hang out with obsessive medievalists.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Me neither, but I know more than I used to. I still get confused by what a kirtle is, though Wikipedia tells me it's just another term for "gown."
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Inuyashasmate Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
I want this gown!!!!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I do too! :D
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