Vintage Disney

IT’S FINALLY HERE !!

Okay, so ! Having been bed ridden all day with a very infuriating chest infection, with nothing to watch but the bloody snooker, I decided to complete some of the sketches that I’ve been working on for the past two weeks 🙂 After all, you need cheering up as much as I do !

So the idea behind the sketches was to combine two of my favourite passions – Disney and Hollywood Vintage. Most of you might have already guessed from my second post that I am a proud Disney fanatic, but only those who very close to me know that I absolutely adore old Hollywood; that is, any film that features the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardener, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Vivien Leigh etc, you get the idea ! To me, not only are many of the older Hollywood films amongst the best that have ever been created for the screen (Gone With The Wind anyone ?), but their actresses are some of the most beautiful women to ever exist. You only need to step in my bedroom once to see that I have a slight obsession with Audrey Hepburn – most of my wall is adorned with pictures of her incredible almond shaped eyes and flawless bone structure; to me, she is the most extraordinarily beautiful, sophisticated, feminine, graceful woman that has ever existed

Anyway, I can’t remember where I heard or read it, but apparently a few of the designs for the Disney Princesses were based on the appearance of vintage Hollywood actresses, for example, Cinderella was inspired by Grace Kelly, Belle by Audrey Hepburn etc. So, I decided to do a few sketches of how the Disney Princesses would look if they were dressed in some of the most iconic dresses worn by these beautiful Hollywood actresses 🙂

It’s a bit silly I know, and I’m not the greatest artist in the world (notice the state of the hands !), but it’s an idea I’d been toying with for ages, and I’m quite proud of them to be honest, and I hope you will all like them too ! At the moment, I’ve only done 5 of the 10 Disney Princesses (I’m not including Merida or the Frozen sisters, sorry !), so you’ll have something to look forward to for next time 😀

 

1. Belle as Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina

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2. Cinderella as Grace Kelly in Rear Window

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3. Rapunzel as Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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(Note: Yes I know Rapunzel’s ‘Marilyn’ dress is VERY similar to Cinderella’s dress, but by the time I realised I’d already finished the drawing and it’s one of my favourites ! Besides, I think Rapunzel is far more Marilyn-like than Cinderella ! She’s fun, flirty, and sexy ! Cinderella’s a bit boring…apart from her affinity for wildlife….)

4. Sleeping Beauty/Aurora as Kim Novak in Vertigo

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5. Jasmine as Hedy Lamarr in Samson and Delilah 

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So there we go ! The inspiration for the look of the Princesses came from the Disney Designer Collection that was launched in 2011….despite not managing to get any of the merchandise that came out of that collection, I thought that the designs for the princesses were simply beautiful and so elegant:

Disney DesignerTo create the Vintage Hollywood dress, I used Edith Head’s sketches as my template…as I said, I’m not an artist by nature so I need something to go by ! I absolutely adore Edith Head’s fashion drawings so it was hard to choose which ones I wanted to use ! Rapunzel and Belle were the only ones whose dresses weren’t based on an Edith Head design (I drew them straight from the real-life photos), but here are the other sketches for you to look at:

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A Girl and her Disney Dolls

For all you Disney lovers out there, this post will be more welcome than Mickey Mouse himself turning up on your doorstep with a large chocolate cake baked with magic, love, and a little bit of pixie dust. Okay maybe not (although personally if this happened to me I would call Scotland Yard immediately). Regardless, fans of Disney, especially collectors, will understand why I find the Disney’s Limited Edition Dolls such a wonderful curiosity.

Not only was starting my Limited Edition Doll collection the inspiration for creating this blog, but I just find them so beautiful and oddly compelling. To most people, these things are just dolls – children’s play things that you either ripped the heads off or cherished for the entirety of your youth; either way, you eventually threw them aside in favour of growing up. However, these dolls are not something you play with. If you rip the head off one of these things, you will probably hear the sound of thousands of collectors’ hearts breaking, not to mention the anguished cries of hungry eBayers who could have sold it for thrice the price. Honestly, some of these dolls, are worth hundreds, some even thousands. And I mean thousands. Shocking right ? But whilst the dolls themselves usually retail at £60 each, it is not hard to see why their value rapidly increases once that ‘Sold Out’ button appears; the detail that goes into creating these dolls and bringing them to life is breathtaking, especially if you are a lover of Disney (as I am…did I mention that?) Also, these dolls are fairly big, standing at 17 inches tall as opposed to the usual 12 inches that dolls typically are. The size of them allows for the intricate, gorgeous detail that perfectly replicates their moving counterparts.

I will be writing future posts related to various Limited Edition Disney Dolls, but the first doll I want to look at is the beautiful Anna from Disney’s latest movie, Frozen. If you haven’t yet seen Frozen, then I advise you do so immediately. It will warm even the most frozen of hearts.

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This is the second Limited Edition Anna doll to be released and she is one of 5000 – there was another released previously in November along with an LE Doll of her sister, Elsa, both one of 2500. The second was released March this year, again with her sororal counterpart. Unfortunately, I was unable to purchase the March version of Elsa, despite being up well before they went on sale at 8am and waiting patiently in front of my MacBook, refreshing the Disney Store webpage every 10 seconds. Of course, both dolls sold out in seconds (rumour has it they sold out before they even went on sale to the general public thanks to yet another Disney Store screw up), but luck was on my side that day, and before I even knew how I’d managed to do it, I had secured myself an Anna doll with an email confirmation and a receipt to prove it. The day the courier knocked my door and handed me my parcel was just like reliving Christmas morning all over again. 5 minutes later, after carefully removing her from her cardboard confines, I knew that this doll was a definite keepsake. As most collectors will know, all four of the Frozen dolls are among the most valuable of all the LE Disney Dolls, though this particular Anna seems to be the least popular out of the four. Personally, however, I find her to be the most beautiful. Let me show you why 🙂

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Here she is in her box. Some collectors, not all, seem to prefer deboxing their dolls and displaying them on the stand that they come with. However, I consider this a cardinal sin ! Not only does removing them from their box decrease their value should you ever plan on selling them, but it is a waste of a box that is almost as beautiful as the doll itself.

The beautifully detailed box, individually styled to each doll, shows the name of the princess written in detailed font along with her edition size, and the background on the inside of the box against which the doll is set is stunning (and, again, is uniquely crafted to each doll).

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The back of the box is just as detailed as the front, if not more, for the back displays a short blurb about the doll and what her costume is made out of, as well as a silhouette version of Anna (which also appears on the November edition), and the name of the movie:

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Here she is without her plastic coverings – whilst the entire box is no doubt beautiful, I think you can only truly appreciate the true exquisiteness of this doll when she is like this:

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As you can see, her auburn hair with the one white strand is braided into two separate plaits, and she has a lovely smattering of freckles over her nose and cheeks, just like she does in the movie itself 🙂

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However, one of my favourite things about this doll is her adorable little mittens ! They are a bright sky blue colour, and are adorned with little diamantes. They look so cosy….I wonder if they’d fit my cat….? The same goes for her little booties (cats can wear boots right….Puss in Boots?!) It’s such a refreshing change to see a Disney Princess wearing boots instead of those fragile, sparkling heels they usually have:

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She also wears her signature pink cape (the box says it’s burgundy but let’s be honest, it’s clearly pink), which is embroidered with little gem stones, lace detailing, and tassels, finished off with a metal, heart shaped fastening. I would actually love one of these capes for myself. I’ve always wanted a cape, especially for winter, but the looks I imagine I would get slighty puts me off such an idea…. The cape is only an accessory to her beautiful silk shirt and velvet bodice which is also decorated with tiny gems and lace embroidery, matched also with her blue velvet skirt which follows the same intricate patterned detailing:

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However, what I love most about this doll is her charming little pink fur bonnet ! Because even princesses get cold heads sometimes.

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As you can hopefully now see for yourself, this Anna doll perfectly captures the Anna we come to know and love throughout Frozen – I think this is why I believe this doll to be the most beautiful out of all four Frozen LE dolls; she is the most colourful, and is full of the personality that endears us to Anna. Like I said, if you haven’t seen Frozen…..DO SO NOW !