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May. 18th, 2008 @ 10:58 pm Esmeralda - Disney
La Esmeralda from Notre Dame de Paris (The Hunback of Notre Dame).

Disney Version.

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Disney Esmeralda: Older, sassier, practically knows kung fu dancing. The only Disney princess to do a canon pole AND lap dance: no wonder Judge Frollo falls in love with her! She's an outcast, a gyspy, zingara, and has a very strong sense of morals and social justice. This gal has more guts than bracelets.

I've fallen in love with Esmeralda myself *unfortunate face* and gypsies in general. Being of eastern european heritage, part of that grand melting pot of egyptian, romani and slavic blood is in my veins. And besides, the clothing is so beautiful.

Anyways, Esmeralda!

She has 3 outfits; Gypsy, dancer and maiden.

Gypsy:

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In the movie she appears to have purple skirts. Light underskirt and darker shawl with gold coins, with a frilly white underskirt. Trouble is, Disneyland Esme has blue and purple skirts:

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I think I like the blue version better on her, actually. The little underbust corset is something different - yes, I know, I always seem to wear corsets, but they're so yummy! The teal and yellow looks better with the blue. There's a lot of satin here, which will be a devil to work with, naturally. I am really loving the thick quality of Disneyland Esme's material. It makes it look very surreal. I'm not sure if I want to achieve a reality or a sureality with this costume - on the one hand, it's magical to see a disney princess and have her look so completely out of this world, but then there's such a beauty in bringing an animated character into true life.

La Esmeralda: Dancer

She wears this for the Feast of Fools and yes, yes, yeeees, she does a pole dance in it. And a semi lap dance. On Frollo. Esmeralda kicks ass.

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Disneyland Dancer Esme is terrible D8

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A very revealing dress for Disney - they've actually shadow outlined her curves underneath the dress! A soft velvet lycra with a rich shimmer should match this effect (with bra padding, alas), with chiffon or very thin silk for the sash and sleeves. I love the classic elegance of this dress and the rich colours. The sash and the tiara complete it, sigh.

The tiara:

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Lovely!

Esmeralda: Maiden in Distress!

The most simple dress ever: we're talk Jesus fashion, here.

Worn when she is taken prisoner after Frollo's raid on the Court of Miracles. She must choose between his bed or her tomb, condemmed for witchcraft or wed to her condemner! She spits on Frollo and accepts her fate, but is saved by Quasimodo in time for an epic ending.

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Rough cotton with a cord belt. Easy.

For Esmeralda, I will definitely be using theatric makeup to darken my skin. I won't need contacts, luckily, because with certain eyeshadows my bluegreen eyes look bright green. The wig will be fun! I will definitely be investing in a decent wig for her. I am looking into fake eyebrows since I am well aware that my own eyebrows are extremely saaad things. Drawn on may work for Catwoman, but not normal ladies.

I will be doing perhaps 3 different Esmeralda's, not including the 3 versions of her Disney costume. I MAY do musical Esme, for giggles. I am making a musical Frollo costume so I may make Esme to match. I am definitely making my own book version. So Either 3, 4 or 5. Lawd. I am making 5 Frollo's, so, may as well, huh!
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From:last_chael
Date:May 18th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
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ooh yay! Tis a pity you're not coming to Sydnova, you could join our Disney group! :D

For her first outfit, I would recommend staying away from satin. From the images, none of her outfit looks particularly shiny, and Disneyland just use satin coz kids love the shiny. Plus people using satin when it shouldn't be used is a pet hate of mine :P (Like the mirads of animated Giselle's, all done with satin...ICK!). Plus satin is actually both really hard to sew and really hard to wear. So I suggest staying away from it!

I'm going to recommend cotton broadcloth (also called homespun cotton, found in the quilting section of spotlight) or cotton drill (or both: drill for the lining, homespun for the outer layer) for the corset. Both come in a range of bright colours, and both stand up pretty well to wear and tear. I line almost all of my corsets with cotton drill. If you want extra strong, interline it with canvas. I use cable ties for boning, which is fine so long as you're not trying to tightlace, and you're not ample in the chest (both of which I fall into :P). My Victorian corset is boned with cable ties, and I can manage a 3 inch reduction ;) But with Cable ties, you need to put the boning both in the seams, AND in the middle of the panels. What I usually do is get this stuff called heading tape (found in the trims section). It's a cotton tape with a herringbone pattern on it (and usually 99c pm or less!). I get it so it's a little wider than the boning I'm using, and sew it to my lining as boning chanels. That way the sewing of the chanels doens't show through on the fashion fabric (unless it is supposed to, like with Selene). For the yellow stripes, just insert yellow piping into the seams of the outer fabric as you sew.

For the skirt and blouse I would recommend polycotton. It's cheap ($3pm), mostly natural, really easy to work with and has fantastic drape to it. That's what I made the underskirt of my Victorian outfit out of. Just because a fabric is cheap doesn't mean it can't look great ;) And I honestly think using cottons will look much better (and more realistic) than satin. You could possibly use cotton voile for the blouse, but it's a little translucent, so you might want to double it. I've used voile for my both my pirate shirts, and also for my Victorian undergarments. It's very light weight, making it perfect for blouses. Using polycotton for the skirt will give you great drape and flow. I think the skirt would look great as a full flared circle skirt, which is also very easy to do (I'm actually writing a tutorial for it). You could do the petticoat in the same way, just adding broderie lace to the bottom.

Her headscarf would probably also be polycotton, and I think her hip scarf would look much better in chiffon than satin.

I haven't actually seen the movie myself, but I do love 'God Help the Outcasts', as we used to play it in quartet at school. It's a beautiful song!! She's such a sassy character, I think you'll pull her off quite well :D Hope the above helped :D
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From:akubra_fedora
Date:May 18th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
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I love you so epically much right now :D :D :D!

I personally hate satin soooo much. There is a reason why it's one letter away from being satan! I had to alter a satin dress once and oh dear, sweet Jesus.

I've jotted down all the material names and tips, thank you so much :D. The corset tips are hugely appreciated!
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From:anaibb
Date:February 16th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
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I found this looking for pictures of Esmeralda's red dress. Thanks for posting this! How did it go? Carnival soon... Do you celebrate whereever you are?
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Date:November 19th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)

Beautiful!

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I don't know if you have finished these, but i would love to see pictures of them. I'm sure you did it beautifully- you are very talented!
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