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Art Nouveau Costume Designs I by Hannah-Alexander Art Nouveau Costume Designs I by Hannah-Alexander
This was a spontaneous concept, but I ended up really enjoying it! Princess outfits re-imagined as nouveau style, designed as though intended to be made, so all feasibly possibly to construct (I think!) Mulan > Belle > Ariel

These were so much fun to do and I think they'd make a great cosplay group! If I had more time (and money) and I would totally make them.

Cinderella, Elsa and Rapunzel is next, if I have time before I go back to work!

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For those interested, here is intended construction details (you've gotta be good at ombre dyeing if you want to attempt these haha!):

Mulan: Made from light cottons dyed in gradients. Cuffs, belt and shoulder pads inspired by Chinese armour designs, made from embossed leather and embroidered. Tokens on belt are metal coins. Beads are jade. I wanted to create a soft, feminine look while still retaining traces of the warrior beneath it all!

Belle: Edging more into art deco, but still nouveau-esque imo. Top of dress would be either cotton or stiff silk, tail of dress is layers of chiffon. Again, all dyed in gradients. Bottom panels are sewn on top of an a-line skirt and fixed with embroidery. Bodice and upper skirt are paneled and embroidered - center piece is a sewn on belt, embroidered with dusky, earthy beads, though the very middle design is made of mirrored beads, to represent Beast's shattered mirror.

Ariel: Thanks to everyone on Facebook and Tumblr for voting on colours! I still would have loved the pink but the teal was quite popular :) The whole dress is a mix of her mermaid and human forms. Sleeves are fixed to bodice, puffed and slit to reveal cream lining. Tail of dress is layers of chiffon blended into the upper skirt by embroidery consisting of pearls, gold beads and lace. Bodice is boned with pearl trimming and embroidered same as the skirt, with the addition of sea-inspired adornments. The 'seashell bra' is pleated, stiffened fabric.
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:iconj-sunrise:
J-sunrise Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
Did you just predict Emma Watson's casting as Belle?
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:iconasphaniss:
Asphaniss Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017   Traditional Artist
You did a really beautiful job on this. :D
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:iconaranel125:
Aranel125 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
These series are just beautiful!
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:iconcaprikrn:
caprikrn Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Student General Artist
Ahhhh wow I love Mucha AND Disney princesses so much!! 3: I love your art immensely
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Kaguranokaze Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have i page on facebook:
Divinity Fashion
link: www.facebook.com/divinityfashi…
i do it for common good, i like to change the fashion into decent.... and I have really beautiful fashion there.
i am fighting against tights and tight trousers...

can i submit your pictures there.. with your link in the album.. album named after you
Shocked i cant belive what i see...
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:iconbuttercupprincess567:
Nice, but Mulan makes me uncomfortable, because I don't feel comfortable without a bra while another fabric touches my boobs.
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kokotea Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mulan is amazing * ^*
i love how she both has that "noble lady in the imperial palace" look
combined with the feeling of a warrior/general. 
it feels like it steps away from the disney design and
is closer to the original source material hua mulan. 
beautiful designs! 
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VenenoMentis Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Student General Artist
Mulan looks beautiful Heart 
Amazing work :)
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:iconthaliagrey:
ThaliaGrey Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
Oh. This ones ariel. I like this one!
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:iconichihime96:
ichihime96 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
They Look absolutely stunning! Awesome Work!
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:iconferretempress:
FerretEmpress Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I would totally wear Ariel's dress if it was real. All of them look so beautiful and unique. Amazing work!
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:iconzzk-mujie:
zzk-mujie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most beautiful Mulan I've ever seen! Love it!
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:icongaberock:
gaberock Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
amazing
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:icondivacam:
DivaCam Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
Beautiful!! I want to make Mulan's dress ^^
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:iconldboy:
LDboy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how lovely these ladies are!
Love how Mulans dress is a combination of different outfits and still shows how pretty she is.
Belles is simple and yet elegant, a best of both worlds since she was a peasant fill who became royal.
Ariel definitely looks better in the green. The headpiece is so lovely.
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TheIguanaAmarilla Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So gorgeous!
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GraceAnneDraws Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
Beautiful! Please check out my art, it would mean a lot to me!
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:iconlordakiyama:
LordAkiyama Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic designs for all three. I particularly like Mulan and Belle.
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:iconkaitasmin:
Kaitasmin Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
I have the craving to cosplay your Mulan!! I may have to make it after I finish my Queen Ester!! Or maybe before!! I hope you don't mind if I do.
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:iconlussybussy:
lussybussy Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Supendo!
Bravissima!
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:iconbroken-bunny2:
Broken-Bunny2 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so stunning, and beautiful! :heart:
I love it so much! :floating:
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:iconrebellinglemming:
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconjackylkl:
jackylkl Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I love the design of their clothes, they  are just STUNNING and ELEGANT!!! Keep it up Inside out - clapping Disgust
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:iconmiryanastorm:
MiryanaStorm Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
Stunningly beautiful series!
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:iconelminaniet:
Elminaniet Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Lovely :) 
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:iconlotusbitch:
Lotusbitch Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
Beautiful :love:
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:iconledarkness1:
LeDarkness1 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
These are gorgeous!!!!
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:iconnevermoremist:
Nevermoremist Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
All three are amazing
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:iconpopgal120:
Popgal120 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
They all look so stunning. I really love the details on Ariel's dress.
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:icongafanhotosan:
Gafanhotosan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Uou!
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:iconxandraclay:
xandraclay Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The dresses are gorgeous! These are my fav princesses! I also like the poses and facial features they match each princess perfectly! The amount of detail in these is amazing! I love them allLove 
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redcreststudios Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful Mulan design! I love how even in your clean Mucha style, your subtle linework makes it clear Mulan's features are asian (and very beautifully depicted too!). The designs of all their costumes are amazing~
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:iconhannah-alexander:
Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I received criticism in the past for struggling to capture Asian features, so I've been working hard to improve :)
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GredellElle Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're so lovely and the dresses are very stunning!
I love the idea of there are some armor in Mulan's outfit.
I honestly not kinda fond with Chinese costume but I really want to wear that costume now. ^^
also, your drawing is magnificent!
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daytriper23 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
These are absolutely amazing.  Simply stunning.
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Dotterall Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015   General Artist
Mulan and Ariel look so awesome how you've fused the different styled stuff they were wearing throughout their films! I've personally always hated all of Ariel's outfits tbh but this is really nice and less-kitschy-more-magical-mermaid-y while getting the feel of her character. Mulan is just awesome :))
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I liked the silhouette of her pink dress - just not the colour. I didn't think it suited her at all! 
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:icondotterall:
Dotterall Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015   General Artist
True, I thought the blue dress looked nicest.
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RaindropCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
These are gorgeous!!! Have you ever considered doing all of Ariel's sisters as well? Or maybe all of the fairies in this style?
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:iconjustsimone:
JustSimone Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015
Mulan is truly gorgeous! And I love Ariel's expression and hairstyle. Awesome series! :)
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:iconmaiko-girl:
Maiko-Girl Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
They are gorgeous,out of these three i have to say that Mulan is my favorite with Ariel on a close second place. Love 
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DiscordantPrincess Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
Belle is my favorite. They're all so beautiful though.
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cindyrellacosplay Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I am loving your art nouveau designs!! I came across your work while looking for art nouveau stuff last year and I'm so happy you've made many more since then :D Well done, love them all <3
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:iconpinkprincessblossom:
PinkPrincessBlossom Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice Work! 
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:iconimlovingdn:
ImLovingDN Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Gosh, so damn pretty!
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:iconamicus-nocte:
Amicus-Nocte Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Holy sugar, these designs are beautiful and so intricate. 
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:iconkznluna:
kznluna Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Every last one of these is beautiful and I think very true to each character.
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:iconlizzychrome:
LizzyChrome Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Once again, gorgeous, all of them! I LOVE Ariel's oceanic hair decorations, and the way the lace under her dress mimics her shell bra! And Mulan's outfit is so clever looking! The coin belt and the beads running between her collar are my favorite touches. 
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Lypopette Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Student General Artist
As a Sewer how are we supposed to not fall in love with those awesome design and maybe cry over the fact that we never gonna be able to realize something half as beautiful ? 
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