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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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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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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad I settled on the velvet... it was calling out to me... :)
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elphieofkiamoko Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous >w<
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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refuichi Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
she looks like a princess i made up! the colors of the dress mainly!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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refuichi Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome^^
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AxiaStowe Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
This dress is magnificent! Love it!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Beatfuil work on her
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah!
Love the velvet dress, the brocade, and the crown. Totally fitting. Lol, is it really said in the movie that it was supposed to be set in XIV century?

If I can say something, though, I find that her bust is a little too small, compared to her head.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup! That was a really corny line said by Philip when his father objects to him wanting to marry a peasant girl. "But Father, it's the 14th century!" Oh, the lulz...
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol, I forgot about that :D
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
A brocade underskirt? That kind of sucks how it was just the underskirt and not the pattern of the dress. :( It looks so nice!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aurora's gown in the original was a solid blue; I felt the pattern would work better as an accent.
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That's true, but still. :XD: I'm crazy for patterns. lol
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KonekoTsukino Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Gorgeous, I love how you've textured the gown. And I like your design much more than mine XD
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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KonekoTsukino Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Welcome!
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EmmasAngel Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
I really like this! I wondered how far OFF Disney was in it's costume department! LOL
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, the movie was animated by a bunch of middle-aged straight white guys back in the '50s, so I guess it's not surprising they wouldn't have the greatest sense of fashion. ;P
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EmmasAngel Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
ROFL! Yup! :P
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
the movie was animated by a bunch of middle-aged straight white guys back in the '50s
Hahahaha. xDDDD That's so true though. xDD
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Ladyagus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
so lovely!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Ladyagus Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
welcome.
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yukisohma4life Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very nice!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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yukisohma4life Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You'er welcome!
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haius Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist
As always, it looks just beautiful. I forgot how much I was looking forward to this one! The brocade and that deep blue velvet turned out just great, plus her crown is very pretty. (That one of Anne of Bavaria, I think, was a little over-the-top :XD:) Who do you think you'll do next? *fingers crossed for Mulan*
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Originally I was going to paint it as silk, but I decided to go for velvet, and I'm glad I did.

Yeah, most likely Mulan will be next, since she's the most popular...
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bloody-kisses Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist
I love this. I have always like the idea of doing this and your series is wonderful
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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hernameispekka Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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hernameispekka Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Marvelously done!
I love it when people put the time in to properly research costumes! (I love it even more when they explain their process, so thank you for the description!!!)
Very cool drawing; and I'm glad long pointy shoes are out of style ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad someone's reading my notes. :)

Actually, did you know pointy shoes are very fashionable in certain parts of Mexico? It's beginning to come into the US too. [link]
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No!!!!!
Honestly I think the crazy points on some modern women's high-heel shoes is rather ludicrous - those Mexican shoes just take the cake! (Feet just aren't shaped that way!)
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AVthreads Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, that is gorgeous!! Beautiful gown, and very beautifully rendered.
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