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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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copper9lives Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work!
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gudruna Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
very lovely
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Gabbiebii Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
this is gorgeous! :D
Can I ask you what were your sources? because I am desperate to find something about history of fashion in middleages (with more details on 15th century fashion)... and except for pictures and miniatures... I can't find anything >.<''
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ksj7700 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE her crown! 
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StainedGlassJesus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
SOOOOO glad you used her blue dress instead of the pink one. Ugh. I HATE her pink dress! And I don't care what anyone says, Ariel's pink dress looks good on her! Red hair does NOT clash with pink clothing, haha.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, Aurora is all about the blue. I hate how they've done her up in the Disney Princess line. Yuck...

Re: redheads and pink, it really depends on the shade of hair and the shade of pink.
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StainedGlassJesus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
and the skin tone shade, too. Same reason why whether I prefer blue or green eyes on someone with black hair depends on their skin tone. Black hair with pale skin, blue eyes look better. Black hair with an olive skin tone, like Mediterranean or Middle Eastern, then green looks better.
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! I love how you really get a sense for how heavy and thick that velvet is by looking at this picture. :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I really stared at a lot of paintings featuring velvet to make sure I got the look of it right. :)
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pikachuiscoolio Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love Sleeping Beauty the best of all your historically accurate Disney princesses!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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pikachuiscoolio Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome historical Hans.
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TheYoungGuardian Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Sleeping Beauty is my favorite, thank you sooo much for the work<33
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Madrigal2000 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
I love your concepts!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Madrigal2000 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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Novester-Finch Featured By Owner 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.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I really appreciate it. :)
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hinatahousehoney Featured By Owner 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.
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Gothic-Romantic99 Featured By Owner 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.
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Lord-Azeran Featured By Owner 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.
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bigreddoganna Featured By Owner 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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AuroraMaryte Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I wanted to ask your opinion on a fabric for the underskirt. It's not exactly what you've got, and the colors are actually more reversed but I saw it and thought it would look great... [link]
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Kagami-No-Kuni Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Nicely done :D
Although I kinda wish that she retains her hairstyle
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Te-GR Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love historically accurate fashion. This made my day. All the references you use are incredibly rich, and this is amazing. I'm gonna check out your gallery for more! Keep it up! :)
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work on her dress! What mediums do you use? The colours are very strong and vivid!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I used acrylics on Holbein paper.
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
So pretty! She looks like one of the ladies on a medieval tapestry! :iconblueflowerplz:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! That was what I meant to do... glad I succeeded. :)
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t1gertasha Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Love the dress and the drown my favourite bits would have to be the gold bits on the dress esp as they look very historically accurate!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! In the caption, I link to all the dresses that inspired the gown. :)
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AuroraMaryte Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I love basically every drawing you've ever put out, and you are amazing.
I REALLY love this one though. Aurora was always my favorite, as evidenced by my username, lol.

I was wondering, if it would be okay with if I cosplay this?
I was going to do this one: [link] which is actually very similar in style to yours. She's just got a headdress instead of a crown in that one, and fancier sleeves.
I don't know, I feel like everyone has been doing that set of 'historical' Disney princesses though(for a lot of them, that artist says they just picked the era they felt like..see their Rapunzel drawing description if you want an example of what I mean). And with that one there would be all kinds of insane embroidery on the underskirt.
So, I think yours is slightly more historically accurate, and I'd like to cosplay yours, probably in a group with friends doing all the others.
So let me know if that's okay, and here's hoping for more drawings soon!!! That way everyone will be able to pick a character to be.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That would be awesome! I am so flattered! Aurora's gown in my painting is a simple late 15th cent. Burgundian gown, and you can find a pattern for that fairly easily. Here's a good place to start: [link]

I'm working on Mulan next-- she'll be done this weekend. Then it'll be Esmeralda, Megara and Rapunzel. (After that it'll probably be Eilonwy and Jane.) Let me know how the cosplay thing works out, and be sure to send me pics!
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AuroraMaryte Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Oh, I know where to find Burgundian patterns. Thank you though for the link!! But I've been looking at patterns since I was thinking of making that other 'historical' Aurora dress. (Yours is much closer to an actual historical dress though. Idk what the other artist was thinking with those sleeves and with their underskirt design. Pretty- but not historical.)

And I guess I'll wait then until you have a few more done, then post this up on my cosplay Facebook page, and ask others to be in the group with me. I doubt I can get a full set, but I know at least 4 or 5 girls who I know would do this with me, if there is someone for them to be.
I know my sister has wanted to cosplay Jane for a while now. Of course, that's the movie design, and I don't know if she'd want to do a historical design or not. I don't know how much different the Jane design will be from the movie dress.
But I can think of someone for Meg already, and for Rapunzel...and probably for Cinderella too, so maybe I should wait a while until you get to her.

But yes, since I have your permission to do this now, I am DEFINITELY going to make this dress. I think I can really do it justice- if I was a bad costumer, I wouldn't even bother because I would feel bad wearing your art and it looking terrible. But I think I'm pretty good with the costuming thing, so I'm going to make sure this looks amazing, and then send you all the photoshoot pictures. Thank you!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! You might have seen my take on Mulan-- I just posted it yesterday. Would anyone be interested in cosplaying her? The outfit would be really elaborate, and take a lot of fabric. The Esmeralda design I'm doing next will be a lot simpler, but it will have a really plunging neckline. Megara's outfit is pretty straightforward-- a narrowly cut chiton-- though I'll probably make the lower sash a wraparound mantle/himation.

The Jane dress in the movie was modelled on 1880s walking dresses, but then I want to create a design that would be realistic for a Victorian woman going on safari, so it might change a bit. Let's see.

Cinderella is pretty far down the list, but hopefully I'll be able to get to her before the end of the year.

Thank you so much! It's incredibly flattering that someone wants to actually create a costume from one of my designs. I can't wait to see it!! :dance:
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AuroraMaryte Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Yep, saw it last night and commented on it. I have 2 Asian girls in mind. I know either of them could handle making this- they both go to Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.

I don't know much about medieval gypsy fashions, so I'll take your word for it that they would have low necklines. I know when I saw a bunch in Greece, they were very covered up, had headdresses and everything and wore a lot of black, but...at this point, they've probably been influenced by the Ottoman empire. I'd guess what they wore back in the 1200s or 1300s was a lot different. And if it was a dress that exposed a lot, that could explain some of the general European population's dislike and mistrust of gypsies, since everyone else was pretty conservatively dressed back then.

I think Disney's take on Meg's dress actually wasn't terrible. I mean the hair should have been different, yeah but otherwise it wasn't bad. But then, how much can you really ruin a simple chiton design? I guess even if they wanted to screw with the design, there wasn't much to work with there. Glad you'll be adding a himation though. :) I love Greek fashion. I guess it's kind of a given since I majored in Classics and I focused on Greece.

And with Jane, whatever you do is going to be amazing. Who knows if my little sister would do the costume even if you kept it exactly the same? She's so fickle and weird sometimes.

And I'd love to see Cinderella. I'd guess you would go for an 1850s or 1860s ball gown, which is my all time favorite clothing ever. But...I'm still going to do Aurora, not Cinderella, because I would be afraid of not being able to do a ball gown like that justice.
I'm sure you've seen that other one, by Shoomlah or whatever their name is. I actually thought of doing that one, but I don't think it translates well to real life: [link]
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But then I saw this one: [link] (Tumblr confuses me, so let me know if it doesn't show up)...and I think that if we become desperate, our group's Cinderella can just do that costume.

But yeah, DEFINITELY want to use your designs, not Shoomlah's. Yours are so amazing and beautiful, and just seem so much more historically accurate.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Esmeralda will be interesting. The book Hunchback is set in the 1480s, which is not so long after their first arrival in Europe. [link] Now, by and large, most everyday gypsy fashions for women were pretty conservative, albeit distinct from what Europeans were wearing; they consisted of a cloak pinned to the right shoulder and looped under the left armpit, with a shift or dress worn underneath, and a very odd kind of turban (did you know that the Roma are originally from India, probably Rajasthan). If I ever get around to depicting Esmeralda in her everyday outfit, this is what she'd be wearing.

But since I wanted to draw her in her red dancing outfit, I looked a bit farther for something suitable. And I found a few examples in some Flemish tapestries c. 1500; it showed a couple of young women wearing loose garishly patterned dresses, with deep v-necks, that almost looked like 1970s disco dresses (one even had bells attached to the high waistline). And one of the women were dancing in this outfit while men gawked. So I thought, Aha, this is perfect! I can just see Frollo's scowl of disapproval...

So yeah. You're right about Megara's outfit; that'll be simple. I'll probably have her sitting on a couch for visual interest. Style-wise it'll be very much in the vein of John William Godward.

I have some ideas for Cinderella, but I'll send a note to you with more details about that.
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Mutemouia Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've been featured here : [link] :aww:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feature!
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
OMG I LOVE HER. The girdle! Her poulaines! You put her in a blue dress and not a pink one! ♥
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so glad you like it! Let me know if you want it... I'm sure it would go beautifully with Pocahontas. :D
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Deloty Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Your style is really intersting and good:)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really cool to see a period-accurate version of Aurora. LOVE that deep blue! You can totally feel the velvet.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Simply beautiful.:love:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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savivi Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's just beautiful. I love the velvet! You can really see the weight of the fabric.
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