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Late 15th century Esmeralda by suburbanbeatnik Late 15th century Esmeralda by suburbanbeatnik
The latest in my Disney heroine series. Here's Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame in a more historical version of her red dancing dress. Esmeralda is one of my favorite Disney characters ever-- I love how sexy and athletic she is-- so this was a lot of fun.

Hunchback is set in 1482, but the closest I could find to an appropriate style came from a series of very early 16th century Flemish tapestries (dated around 1501-1525). You can see an interesting, very simple shift style with a very deep v-neck on a couple of them; a girl is even dancing in this style, which is particularly interesting. Here's the first version of the style, which you can see here (This is a detail of The Fair). Here's another take on this style here from the tapestry The Fortuneteller (note the woman in the striped dress). Esmeralda's dress keeps the high waist and bells of the first dress, but has the closed front of the second dress (because this does, after all, have to be rated PG). She's not wearing the typical gypsy women's turban of this time period, but it's really hard to envision this character with that kind of headgear. (I did put her in a ferroniere, inspired by this Boccaccino portrait.)

If you're interested in Renaissance era Romani fashion, this page is a great resource.
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
Ooh~! Super sexy! Sailor Moon Fangirling
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes :D
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017
Great job! :icongreatjobplz:
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LizzyChrome Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Did I comment on this yet? Well I love it. Particularly the bells on her waist. So they really did have sleeveless dresses in the 1400s? Funky! 
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, but not for 'respectable' women. Dancers, prostitutes, & c.
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LizzyChrome Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see. 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah! I did get actual reference. This is from an image of a dancing girl in a Flemish tapestry circa 1500. Check out the images in my comments! :) 
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Moon-Frozen-Power Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is gorgeous! The whole series is gorgeous! I'm amazed :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Dotterall Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014   General Artist
I love how you really get the textural look of these old fabrics (or how they appear in painting and tapestries). You did this really well in your Aurora too.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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TLMFanGabriel Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
I love these :D 
Could you please do Ariel someday ^o^ I'd love to see what you can accomplish with one of her gowns
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I have a pretty good idea what I'll do with Ariel, but I just haven't had the time yet. :)
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I. LOVE. THIS. SERIES.

As a history buff, I REALLY enjoy following along with the process you take to create these designs. As a culture buff, I also really enjoy the foray into the various cultures you research who have created these designs. And as a Disney fan, I love seeing both of those elements applied to the characters!! :D

This is a particularly stunning example; I love the colors, the details, and how you even kept her distinctive (and very cute) bare feet. ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! BTW the original painting of Esmeralda is on sale until Friday night for $100 (or first offer). [link] If you can't afford it now, I can even hold it for you for a while. What do you think? :)
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm... I think you should keep it on open sale until someone else comes along sooner. If it's still around a while from now, I'll definitely keep it in mind! :D It's just such a beautiful painting. Please keep up the amazing work! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's still available, if you're interested!
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AuroraMaryte Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Sorry I didn't get the chance to comment on this til now!

Anyway, like I said, I really like it. And it's not at all what I expected from the way you described it to me at first either. Which is a good thing, because the way I imagined that type of fashion would look wasn't something I thought would look very appealing. This is definitely really pretty though. And I would never have thought gypsies would wear something like this, but then again I'd never seen anything like those tapestries you found.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Would this be a possible cosplay candidate? :)
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AuroraMaryte Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Not for me...I'm too light and I would look terrible in a dress like that no matter what, lol.
But for someone in the group I will put together for cosplaying your designs, yes definitely. This will probably be one of the most popular ones, that everybody will want to do and will be fighting over.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL how awesome! BTW it needs to be made of raw scarlet silk, preferably some kind of sari silk.

Megara's next!
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AuroraMaryte Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Well...I can't control what whoever decides to be Esmeralda uses, but I'll tell them that that's what they should be using and hopefully they'll listen. I'm sure they will unless it's insanely expensive.

And yay, Meg!!! I can't wait, I love ancient Greece so much!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, I'm sorry I haven't gotten Meg done yet. I will get it done... eventually. Work and life has gotten in the way. I'm sure you know how that is... ;P
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AuroraMaryte Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Lol yes definitely know how that is.
Well whenever you get the time to start on the series again will be great. It's worth the wait.
I was just worried you decided not to do any more of them or something, so I'm glad to hear it's just life getting in the way to delay things.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Life has an amazing way of delaying things, doesn't it?

Seriously, I wish there was some way of getting someone to pay me to do the princesses... At this point, it's hard to justify work that doesn't pay up front immediately. :P 
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pickwick Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They look like giornea, which is crazy because I've never seen a giornea without an under-dress before, and I cannot for the life of me figure out what's being depicted there. Romany women were notoriously covered up from head to toe and then some, which is a disappointment to any reenactor who thinks they're going to have ANY fun with Romany garb.
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
And (book spoiler) it turns out that Esméralda isn't even a real gypsy to start with, but the illegitimate child of a minstrel's daughter/embroideress of easy virtue from Reims…
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL yes, that seems to be definitely true. I think this was the only example I've found 'sexy Renaissance gypsy wear,' which is why I went for it.

If I ever depict Esmeralda in her purple and green day dress, it will be the standard modest cloak and skirt outfit you usually see. ;P
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pickwick Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to see that, too! That's a great idea. I so love this historically accurate Disney princesses trend, I'm eating it up. =)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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ToughSpirit Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student General Artist
This is very beautiful.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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ToughSpirit Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Welcome^^
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She looks amazing, love how you did her hair and dress. ^^
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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haius Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist
I think this is my favorite one yet. She's gorgeous! And I was like, damn, risque neckline - but then I looked at your reference image and suddenly she seems tame. :XD:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL I know, right? :XD:
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How absolutely beautiful! :love:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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ragamuffin009 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
Great picture, and thanks for the sources. :]
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem! I hope you find it interesting. :)
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ronaldo9999 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
ohh Esmeralda , every preteen boy's wet dream, you draw her better than disney, nice work
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, what a compliment! Thanks! :D
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theLadyBarbossa Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Awesome. No wonder Frollo was overwhelmed with lust. ;)


~Lady B
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, I know! That dress doesn't leave a lot to the imagination (but then the Disney dress wasn't exactly terribly modest, either).
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theLadyBarbossa Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
LOL... True.


~Lady B
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Monkey-Fromthebridge Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazingly beautiful OvO
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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atram95 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Your draw is Magnificent!! Congratulation I love it!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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