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Historically Accurate Disney Heroines ahoy! So here's my take on Elsa from Disney's latest blockbuster FROZEN.  I imagine this is her slightly after the coronation. Like Hans, I depicted her in late 1830s clothes-- I modeled a lot of her style on Maria II of Portugal, one of the cooler queen regnants of the 19th century. (I debated using Victoria, but I nixed that for being too obvious.)

Costume notes: No bangs because you didn't really see that until the 1870s-1880s. Ditto the really high necks; you saw a few neck ruffles during the Regency era on day dresses, but after that it disappeared until Princess Alexandra brought it into fashion around the '80s, and even then you never saw it on evening attire. 
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Yanagi-no-Yume Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
She looks so pretty like that! :heart:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Everlasting90 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very stunning portrait!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
I really like your interpretation of her, especially the 19th century clothing and hairstyle.  Even though you didn't use young Queen Victoria as the model for her style, that is who I immediately thought of since she came to the throne at a very young age.  Thanks for the reference for Maria II of Portugal--very interesting!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Not only did she come to the throne as a teenager, and not only was she very pretty when she was young, Maria's style was a lot more delicate and understated than Victoria's, which is why she seemed a good fit for Elsa.
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aniek90 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
I like your take on Elsa. I'm drawing her myself right now, so I know how confusing Frozen can be. I love how you even made her crown recognizable! Every Disney movie is a mix of different era's and I think you've done a real great job with Elsa. Don't ever let you tell different! ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I can't really see Elsa in 1910s fashion, myself. The dresses would be completely different from what were in the movie and it would seem too... modern.

In fact, I would be waiting for Milo and Roarke and Helga to show up. :P
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aniek90 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
No, me neither. Although, that last part would be really cool :XD:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, wouldn't it?
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DemitriVladMaximov Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Based off of the weapons and uniforms I'd say that Frozen likely took place just before WWI. The soldiers are carrying cartridge rifles, have military uniforms similar to those of the early days of WWI, and the king is wearing a Prussian inspired uniform like Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II, Russia's Czar Nicholas II, and George V of England. Not to say your work is bad, just I think it's inspired by the wrong decade.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
On the other hand, the gals' clothes (esp Anna's green ball gown) are very 1840s inspired, what with the dropped tight waists and full skirts, and Hans's wardrobe and hair floats somewhere between Napoleonic and early Victorian. I've also seen some concept art of a family portrait of the Arendelle royal family that looks solidly 1810s-1820s. So, yeah, late 1830s was my best guess. Plus Hans uses a sword and not a gun, and there's no railroads or radio or cars, or anything vaguely 20th century, like what you see in movies like Atlantis.

I'm saying that you're wrong, it's just that Disney movies are a big historical mash-up, and picking a decade for the 'historically accurate fanart' game is like throwing a dart at a dartboard. :P
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DemitriVladMaximov Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
True, but the kingdom may have not had funds for railroads and the geography didn't seem to make them a good choice vs boats. That or it is just caught in time from isolation. Good points though.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, look at it this way; Disney has been almost as bad with guns are they are with fashions. I think in Pocahontas they had everyone using Revolutionary War era muskets during the reign of James I. (Don't quote me on that; I just know the guns they were using were definitely Not Period!)
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