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sagittarius_1
04-15-2011, 12:44 PM
Hello!

I was just wondering how you guys feel about embellishing the Disney costumes? Do you guys like to make exact replicas of the costumes from the movies, or do you like to add embellishments here or there to make it look more visually appealing?

I was just wondering because I was starting work on Jane's yellow dress, and quite frankly it really lacks that extra 'spark' in my opinion that makes it look great! I was going to take a page from Enchanted's costume design, and just figure that the animated dresses/costumes we see are just the basic design and color and that in real life the costumes are way more elaborate! An example would be Giselle's animated wedding dress (http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b307/eerinsowl/giselle1.jpg), versus her 'real life' (http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b307/eerinsowl/Giselle-disney-leading-ladies-11257551-967-1450.jpg) version; and Prince Edward's costume (http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b307/eerinsowl/-3-enchanted-20656473-500-280.png) to his 'real life (http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b307/eerinsowl/prince-ed-real1.jpg)' version. I guess another example is to compare how the Princess' and characters look in the park, to their movie counterparts...

Still I was wondering if you guys think there's a point where it goes way too far, or it's just better to leave it as is? It's been a question that's been on my mind for awhile, and figured I'd love other opinions on it!

Thanks in advance ^^

protectorkorii
04-17-2011, 12:59 PM
I think some embelishing is fine. In the movies, they obviously can't draw tons of miniscule details all the time, so its pretty simplified. Probably base your ideas off of the costumes the face characters wear in Disney if you're wondering how far to take it. There is a point where it can get to be 'too much', but adding trims, laces, or anythign to make it look more historically accurate would probably be fine. In the end its really how much you want to do to it.

Benihime78
04-28-2011, 11:29 PM
I second what korii said. Find some pictures of the park character, but also look at some historical outfits to get ideas. I know I embellished my Jasmine cosplay to make it more like the parks and because she's a princess, therefore it would make sense for her outfit to be blingy.

sagittarius_1
04-29-2011, 12:45 AM
Thanks for the replies! I really appreciate it :D. My only problem is that I've looked up Jane's costume from the parks...and well it actually looks a bit frumpy and ill made to me (which is startling for a disney parks character costume @___@). So I was thinking of fully historical instead, but I was worried some of the embellishments would go to far, such as pleating her main skirt. I was planning on doing that or using a beaded sheer overlay to just add a bit of sparkle to her. The pleats would be more historically accurate, the sheer overlay more true to what Disney costumers seem to prefer...so I'm not sure.

toughtink
05-17-2011, 05:01 PM
i think a historically accurate take on jane's dress would be awesome! adding extra pleats or lace seems find to me; it's the color and shape that will make the dress recognizable anyway. beading might make it a bit too sparkly, but it could be a fun touch, though not very practical for trekking through the jungles of africa. (personally, i'd think i'd leave off excessive bling, unless it absolutely makes sense, but it's really up to you.)

i must say though that i love it when people do their own takes on character's outfits. i've been thinking of redesigning tinker bell to look more celtic, but unsure of the reactions people would have to it...

Stormraven24
05-17-2011, 07:30 PM
i've been thinking of redesigning tinker bell to look more celtic, but unsure of the reactions people would have to it...

DO IT!!!! You will have my undying love if you do! 8D

Blingity
06-24-2011, 06:06 AM
[QUOTE=sagittarius_1;3892256]Hello!

I was just wondering how you guys feel about embellishing the Disney costumes? Do you guys like to make exact replicas of the costumes from the movies, or do you like to add embellishments here or there to make it look more visually appealing?

I was just wondering because I was starting work on Jane's yellow dress, and quite frankly it really lacks that extra 'spark' in my opinion that makes it look great!

I always think a bit of bling cant hurt whether its on a Disney costume or any other one. i like to add beads and appliques/patches in coordinating or contrasting colors. One of my favourite plces for sourcing these is Fire Mountain Gems and a personal favourite http://etsy.com/shop/baubletjes. Gorgeous embellishments that add a lot for very little.

nessabutterfly
06-24-2011, 06:06 PM
Normally I don't mind bling on Disney costumes, but Jane is wearing a safari dress. It would be like putting jewels on Cinderella's maid dress. Making the design more detailed and historically accurate is one thing, but "bling" is not quite appropriate to her situation.

Takozu
07-31-2011, 11:39 PM
There are some people that go for closer to the animated version as far as accuracy, others go for a closer to the park version. The park versions are very played up, and that can sometimes end good (for the princesses!) or bad. I'm agreeing with Nessa on this one; imho, research into the time period for Jane and make it historically accurate rather than pretty and shiny.

jukebox
08-07-2011, 01:10 AM
Normally I don't mind bling on Disney costumes, but Jane is wearing a safari dress. It would be like putting jewels on Cinderella's maid dress. Making the design more detailed and historically accurate is one thing, but "bling" is not quite appropriate to her situation.

Pretty much this! Adding extra sparkles is find in some situations, but context is everything. ^^ Sparkles aren't exactly the wisest choice for a dress you'd be wearing in the jungle, so I think the best route for embellishing or adding little detail would be to add in more historical accuracy.