There is an amazing amount of Disney fan art out there, and whether you prefer heroes or villains, princesses or pixies, you can easily find something for you.
Art nouveau, a style that was most popular around the end of the 19th century, is something that I happen to love--especially in how it can so easily be applied to modern pop culture characters. I was lucky enough to visit Prague a few months ago, where I was able to view some works by Alphonse Mucha, who is considered by many to be the king of the movement.
Artist Hannah Alexander channeled her inner Mucha beautifully when she created these nouveau pieces that re-imagine our favorite princesses' costumes in stunning fashion. Take a look below:
Mulan, Belle, and Ariel
I love how she manages to capture Ariel's mermaid look within a human outfit. Here's some of her thought process behind Mulan's look:
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!
She definitely accomplished her goal!
Esmeralda, Merida, and Snow White
Snow White is so subtle, and I love it. And let's talk about that shading. Gorgeous. (And I love seeing some Esmeralda representation!) Also, Hannah actively encourages cosplaying her creations. Here's her advice for Merida:
The lower skirt panel is actually in four parts: centre, two sides and back, to allow the slits up the front parts. These are cut in light silks and (of course) ombre dyed. The 'armor' shoulder pads fit neatly over the shoulder and can be made either from embossed leather or worbla foam. Bodice is embroidered with thread... while the belt-like additions are embroidered with beads.
Megara, Jasmine, and Aurora
If I had to seriously pick just one (which is a difficult request), I'd have to say Megara is my favorite of the bunch. The pose, the colors...sassy and perfect. Some of Hannah's thoughts on Jasmine's costume:
Possibly one of the hardest to design from a cultural perspective, because Disney were very elusive about specifying her exact ethnicity, so I had to entwine a few Middle Eastern themes, with emphasis on Saudi Arabian. My specific inspiration was the Saudi Arabian Princess Ameerah.
Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Elsa
I love the design of Elsa's sleeves and neckline, and Cinderella's belt wouldn't be out of place on the Snow Queen, either. Be sure to check out the original page if you want to make these dresses for yourself.
Tiana, Anna, and Tinker Bell
Tiana totally looks like a flapper, and it's awesome (and highly appropriate, given the setting of the movie).
I hated Tiana's original dress. That leaf monstrousity did not do her justice... So when recreating that dress I decided to take inspiration from 1920s-30s dress designs. 20s dresses are heavy on the embroidery.
Pocahontas, Kida, and Jane
It's so refreshing to see Kida included with the other heroines--everyone always forgets she's a princess, too!
I wanted Kida's dress to be reminiscent of water, flowing and translucent, both obscuring and revealing what's underneath.
And Jane's hat by the way? Awesome.