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Rococo Belle by suburbanbeatnik Rococo Belle by suburbanbeatnik
Here's Belle, the winner of my "historically accurate Disney princess" poll! She's wearing a 1779-1780 robe de cour, based on one worn by Marie Josephine of Savoy. I left off the train, and gave her a softer 1780s English hairstyle, like what you'd see from a Gainsborough portrait, since that seemed more suitable to her character, and closer in feel to my previous 1780s Belle piece. [link]

It was a bit of a challenge coming up with a dress that was similar in feeling to the design in the original Beauty and the Beast, but I'm pleased with what I came up with. I know that ball gown was supposed to be gold, but it looks banana yellow. I prefer this style to what she wore in the film, but hey I've always been a big 18th century fan, if you couldn't tell...
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
The details on her gown are amazing! :wow:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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BelaRoseWolf Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Writer
She's so beautiful! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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BelaRoseWolf Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Writer
You're welcome!
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EmmasAngel Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Excellent! I think this film probably helped get em addicted to the 18th Century! LOL
I wondered how accurate that ball gown is. I found an article Once upon a time, where it mentioned that the film takes place in the 1760's. Would this dress (or the film's) have been accurate? I don't think the film was, but that doesn't stop me from liking it nonetheless. haha
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, there's an alternate opening where it's given a more concrete 18th century setting-- you can see it here. [link] It's hard to tell exactly what decade it's supposed to be, but it seems mostly late 1770s to the early 1780s, judging by the gowns and hairstyles.

They got away from that in the final movie, and Belle's dress looks mostly 1850s-ish. But I figured it would be truest to her character to keep to the original concept and keep her late 18th century.
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EmmasAngel Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Yeah I would agree with the 1850's, maybe late 1830's especially if you take into account the style of the Library dress, which to me, suggests late 1820's or 1830s
It is now official I MUST find the Diamond Edition of BatB! LOL
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Oniriri-chan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You've stolen my heart! T-T
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Oniriri-chan Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome (:
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BlueUmbrellaGirl Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student General Artist
this is gorgeous!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Aloyse13 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow ! Her dress and her face are stunning *-*
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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heartbubbles Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
So pretty. Love all the details.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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heartbubbles Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
You're welcome.
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lil-miss-chris Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I prefer this to the original actually, she is really pretty!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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NekoboyEmpress Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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Kassis Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Love it! Great idea :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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theLadyBarbossa Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Belle is my very favorite Princess. She's so down-to-earth.


~Lady B
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I like her a lot too. I love the way she's designed-- she's also very open (unlike Ariel). Have you seen Lora Innes' essay on Disney heroine character design?

[link]
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theLadyBarbossa Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Don't think I have.
Yes, Belle was rather well rounded and thought out.


~Lady B
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t1gertasha Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Gorge picture I can def see her in this dress in the old fairy tale versions, at the ed of course because its such a grand dress and I believe she is always a little plainer to begin with.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I really enjoyed painting this one. I hope to do more Disney princesses soon-- perhaps in a few months. :)
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Bonniemarie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
wowee this is delicious! Love your interpretation, the details and decorations of her dress are beautiful, your colour work is great, love the highlights on the yellow part of her dress :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Can you tell I love painting silk? ;P
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Bonniemarie Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
Yes, because you are great at it!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Maybe I should try painting velvet, for something different... I just love painting shiny, shiny silk so much. ;P
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Bonniemarie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011   Traditional Artist
painting velvet would be quite tricky but I'm sure you could pull it off, you're so gifted :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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Bonniemarie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011   Traditional Artist
very welcome!
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iheartrhody Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very well done!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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akitosoma01 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
I love
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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JennHoffmann Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job! I do kinda wish the princesses had more historically-accurate dresses. This is awesome! :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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JennHoffmann Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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hrfarrington Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow, she looks gorgeous! So much detail :heart:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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hrfarrington Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
^^ you're welcome!
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FallenCherryBlossom9 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
WOW! That's beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
This is overwhelming! What a marvellous gown and the colors are perfect.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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