In an effort to force myself to draw more, I’m trying out a Sketch Saturday feature! So prepare for sketches of varying quality on completely random subjects (fair warning though: they will mostly be clothes).
For my first Sketch Saturday, I drew out some designs that I’ve been pondering this week for Disney Princess regency dresses. This was an idea that one of my Williamsburg friends had for a fancy dress party, which sounds pretty brilliant, honestly. It proved to be more challenging task than I had originally anticipated; Disney princess dresses are most recognizable for their large, sweeping shapes and bold colours, whereas Regency dresses feature small, intricate details and a (sometimes but not always) more subdued palette. So they’re not perfectly historical, but I think they’re both historical enough and recognizable enough to work. And finding Regency equivalents for different motifs, sleeve styles, etc. was some pretty fun research.
Snow White – Her apple reticule is a play on the ever-popular pineapple reticule. I’m so clever.
Cinderella – I went with her original coloring (silver dress, strawberry blonde hair) because I’m like that.
Belle – This was one of the more difficult ones, there’s no Regency equivalent to the Austrian Drape-type ruching on the yellow ball gown, so I went with some heavy hem trim characteristic of late Regency dresses. She’s wearing a turban as a nod to the yellow band she wears in her hair, with a rose-shaped pin.
Ariel – I’m not a huge fan of any of Ariel’s actual gowns, so instead I took some of her motifs and used them like the vertical embroidery you see on early 1810’s dresses.
Aurora – the van dyke edging is meant to echo the angular shapes of Aurora’s gown, particularly the pointy yoke around the top of the skirt…it sort of worked? Sorry about the crappy pinks, I was working with a limited colour range.