Disney Princess Collectables

Apologies for the lack of writing ! God knows who I’m apologising to as I think this blog gets something like 10 views a day ?! And that’s if I’m lucky ! But, anyway, for the sake of blog mannerisms….I apologise ! I’ve had a tiny case of writers block, not to mention the amount of hours I’ve been doing at work lately… Luckily some ideas have come flooding back to me and I’ll be working on them soon.

For now, I just wanted to share with you some of my favourite Disney Princess Figurines from the Disney Store 🙂 Not everyone’s cup of tea I know, but I’ve been a bit Disney-obsessed lately (more than usual), and it IS my birthday real soon, so, you know, just throwing it out there….you can never go wrong with something Disney Princess themed when it comes to me 😀 I will probably show this post to my boyfriend, just so he can correct it for grammatical mistakes and stuff….I have no other ulterior motive in doing this….

1. Disney Haute-Couture 

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So these 4 figures are part of the Disney Showcase Haute-Couture Collection. They are very artistic, quite modern, fashion-forward figurines. The detail on of them is beautiful ! I especially love the back of Aurora’s dress with all the flowers trailing down ! In fact, despite being a fierce Belle lover, Aurora is probably my favourite in this collection. I absolutely adore the colour clash between the pink and blue of her dress, just like in the film ! As always, the faces are SLIGHTLY creepy (except for Belle, Belle is beautiful), but at £45 each, I think they are a valuable part of anyones collection 🙂 This Collection also did a Disney Villains line which I actually think are much more detailed and much more true to character, especially the Maleficent one, but I think if I woke up in the middle of the night and saw Cruella de Vil scowling at me I’d probably have a fit.

2. Disney Showcase Figurines

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These two are part of the original Disney Showcase Collection. As much as I love Ariel, I’m not too fond of this figurine’s hair…looks like she got a bit too excited buying beads from a Gypsy’s caravan. Rapunzel however is gorgeous ! I love Rapunzel anyway, but her hair here is simply FABULOUS ! Her face is actually quite pretty too. These are also £45 each, so, you know, not too much to ask for…

3. Disney Figurines by Jim Shore

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Belle. Just Belle. Not much else to say really. Belle is clearly the best. Rapunzel is creepy. And Cinderella is basically holding vermin. Saying that, her dress is really really gorgeous….. Belle retails at £18 whilst the other two are £35, so, again, not exactly breaking the bank with these are we. The rose detailing around Belle and Cinderella’s platforms is simply stunning. It’s hard to believe you can get something so beautiful at such a good price really. Mind you I’ve never actually seen them in person. They could just be tacky crap. And what is Belle holding exactly ? Is it a book ? A bunch of roses ? A book with a bunch of roses emerging from the pages ?! Christ knows. Still, I love it !

4. Disney NAO by Ladro  

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Okay so the Ladro Disney figurines are by far my absolute favourite. My Grandma was a big collector of Ladro so I’ve grown up with a certain fondness for Ladro figurines, and these Disney ones are no exception. They’re so graceful and elegant. I absolute adore all 4 of them ! Snow White and Aurora are my favourites though, but at £139 each, I think I will probably be waiting a long time for one of these beauties….

 

So there we go ! Only a short, simple post I know, but they’re too beautiful not to share 🙂 Look out for coming posts ! Which shall be much longer, more detailed, and far more interesting !

 

All pictures taken from www.disneystore.co.uk 

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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

Rapunzel Marilyn

(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:

Kim Novak Hedy Lamarr Grace Kelly