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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!
gudruna Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
very lovely
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 >.<''
ksj7700 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE her crown! 
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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. :)
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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