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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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Sleeping Beauty is my favorite, thank you sooo much for the work<33
Madrigal2000 Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
I love your concepts!
suburbanbeatnik Feb 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
Madrigal2000 Feb 18, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome. :)
Novester-Finch Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely! I'm greatly enjoying your series of historically accurate Disney princesses. I first stumbled upon your work for Lauren Willig and kept going! Love that you clearly put the time and energy into the research too.
suburbanbeatnik Jan 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I really appreciate it. :)
hinatahousehoney Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love this, Aurora looks right in this period. She could pass for Elizabeth Woodville in the Wars of the Roses.
Gothic-Romantic99 Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a beautiful picture. Your design is much more elegant and pretty than the one in the movie. Nice job.
Lord-Azeran Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This has to be my favorite out of all the art you've done for this series, though Belle is a very close second. I think it's that, to me, this most resembles Aurora's original gown (and you made it blue!!!), but while keeping it original and decadent. She looks mature, stunning, and I'm in love with the touches of white. They really accent the blue. Also, her crown. Love. Loooove.
bigreddoganna Apr 30, 2013
I`m not sure if its ok when I laugh about when aurora pricked herself on the spindle of the spinning wheel
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