When Disney Meets Historical Fashion

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Belle’s dresses in Beauty and the Beast are fancy, but they’re not exactly authentic to the place and time of the original 18th century French fairy tale that Disney adapted.

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Cosplayer Athena’s Adventures decided to address this with an adaptation of her own, taking Belle’s basic colour palette and turning her ball gown into something a bit more historical.

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It’s an enormous and detailed dress, with six yards of hand-painted floral fabric adorned with over 150 handmade ribbon roses.

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All photos here are by Randolph Pollett. You can see more of Athena’s cosplay at her Instagram page.

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Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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You have shattered my beautiful illusion that all Disney cartoons were historically accurate.  I hope you can live with yourself.