Snow White would be wonderful, since i always hated the costume in the movie. I mean it's quite sweet but kinda .. blah! Have you ever heard of Margeret von Waldeck? She live din Germany from 1533-1554. She was a very attractive young woman, like Snowwhite but unfotunately she also had a priblematic relationship with her stepmother! She grew up in Waldeck, a city in Germany, that is famous for it's mines where small children(actually known as 'dwarfs') worked. When she was 17 she moved to Brussels where she attracted many noblemen including Phillip II of Spain! He actually hoped of marrying her but she died as a result of poisoning at the age of 21. I could not have been her stepmother, though since she was already dead at the time. But perhaps this tale of a stunning beauty whom suffered dead fromn poisoning created this folktale? Perhaps an Anne of Cleves styled gown would be fitting?
Hey, thanks for telling me about this girl-- that was very cool. I think I remember reading about Margarethe in Jean Plaidy's "The Spanish Bridegroom," which is about Philip II. Have you ever read that book? It's really quite interesting.
I've given a lot of thought to how I would portray Snow White, and I think I am going to go for a 1570s French/English style. I think a continental late 16th century style would suit the basic look of Snow White's character design (the puffed sleeves, the slashes, the small standing collar, the modest neckline)-- plus I could work in her colors without it looking too unlikely or garish.
What time period would Snow White belong to? Or Rapunzel, for that matter?
I'm trying to think of other princesses. I know other people have already suggested Mulan, so... Esmeralda in an authentic gypsy costume could be cool. Or the little jungle siren girl from the Jungle Book, in a sari and all. Her white-girl pigtails always bugged me.
That would be interesting. Do you think Aurora should be in a 14th or 15th century dress? The really low, tight waist and structured bodice on Aurora's dress is only seen in the late 1590s... but on the other hand, the movie is set (sort of) in the 14th century. What would you go for?
I've thought about this a lot more than I probably should have. And I think I've always pictured her in something along the lines of a Burgundian style gown. So not *really* gothic, but those northern European areas sort of held on to the aesthetic a little longer than most. A Burgundian gown of the 1460s-1480s still allows for fitted sleeves and a relatively fitted bodice (though not with the dropped waist, as you mention) but the Burgundian 'collar' sort of looks like the collar/wings on Aurora's fancy dress. Plus the 'extras' in background wear stuff that is in line with the same style/era (the gowns, hennins, veiling, etc.). Phillip's basic silhouette is also nearer the late 15th century than anything before (although his dad is SUCH a tudor knockoff - gosh Disney, stop mixing your eras!)
Hey, thanks for the suggestions! That totally makes sense. I'd probably go for something like this-- [link] -- the off the shoulder collar/bertha, with the really tight mid-waisted bodice. You know your medieval fashions!
Did unmarried women of this period wear their hair loose and down? I know they did earlier, but I'm not sure if they did in the late 1400s.
(Also, Aurora, the way she's drawn, looks like she's wearing a conical bra and a girdle.)
As to the headcovering issue, like you, I knew that young unmarried woman across europe are sometime depicted wearing their hair down and without any kind of veiling or headress. However, I looked at a lot of art/carvings/illuminations and I think I saw one woman with uncovered hair and she was tiny and in the background and it was one of those quasi-historic paintings (and of course I can't find it now that I'm actually looking for it).
I don't know what I'd do in this case - when does historical accuracy bow before artistic licence?
Thanks so much for the suggestions. Was the sketch I did along the lines of what you were imagining? (I found a picture of young Queen Isabella of Castile with her hair down and a smaller crown on the back of her head, which is what I loosely modelled Aurora's hair on.)