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When will my reflection show? (Mulan dress design) by Vilva When will my reflection show? (Mulan dress design) by Vilva
Tumblr'd here! [link] please reblog instead of reposting!

Here's Mulan, continuing off my Disney Fashion Revamps! :D I tried incorporating aspects of the traditional Qi Pao and Han fu. As a result, it didn't turn out very modern at all, but I think I'm ok with that!:XD:

I went with this composition mostly to show the 'reflection' theme, but also because I couldn't choose between the color schemes! The pink was probably more iconic, but she always seemed more in character with the green… :shrug: Out of curiosity, which one do you guys like more? :aww:

Also, points for those who spotted the chinese characters on the dress! :la: As some of you may know, the original legend of Mulan was passed down from a centuries old chinese poem/ ballad. I wanted to include that somehow, so if you look at the 'fanned out' part of the dress, you'd see parts of the poem I wrote down! ^.^ (along with some other random ramblings) xD and umm.. ahaha… sorry..my mandarin penmanship is actually quite awful... :T

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Drawn in photoshop CS4 with a wacom tablet
Mulan © Disney
art © me, Vivian Lin
Please do NOT use or alter without my permission! Thank you!
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:iconbabyvfan:
babyvfan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
very nice
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HarleyTheSirenxoxo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful designs for both dresses! :love:  - Harl (Victoria) xoxo :iconharleyquinnlaplz:
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boredom-panda Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
OMG I LOVE THIS! IT'S BEAUTIFUL 
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vipit Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really love this. :+favlove:
remembering me in OST eulan>reflection
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himori Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
I feel like the green was is more her. She spends much more time in the movie in green and it's a reflection of her inner self, where as the pink is more like when her mom dressed her up to see the match maker. And probably because when I was a kid I had this Mulan figurine that wore green.

All in all, green all the way!
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Anime-Girl-2008 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Nice! Check this [link]
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Angel-Dust-Ryuuki Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Just wanted to let you know I featured this work in my journal because of how much I love it! [link] Thanks for creating such wonderful stuff and keep up the great work!
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:iconvilva:
Vilva Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Aww thanks so much! :heart: I'm glad think so!:hug:
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:iconangel-dust-ryuuki:
Angel-Dust-Ryuuki Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Keep up the great work. It really is a beautiful design. =)
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SkyFitsJeff Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Really nice work.
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:iconmeicheng:
MeiCheng Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Pink is my favourite :D
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:iconabbymeyer:
AbbyMeyer Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
I love Mulan! That film was my childhood. :D
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:iconryruko:
ryruko Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Absolutely fantastic!
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Trunse Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd say the iconic pink dress was too much of a dress up for it to be really mulans. I mean, they do make a point out of her not feeling like herself when she's like that. I think another deviant shoomlah put it quite nicely when she said about her final green costume "she never seemed at home in either the matchmaker costume or the armor, so this seemed like the best "Mulan has come into her own" middle ground.
The pink one is still beautiful though.
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MiryanaStorm Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
These designs are so beautiful! Adding the poem was a great idea.
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Cassandra-Borealis Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Lol! I like eating fruit too. The Chinese is funny.
Beautiful.
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:iconshari81:
shari81 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your style is absolutely stunning!
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The fans you added here are brilliant.
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:iconnat-tama:
nat-tama Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful.
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Porcelain-Teakettle Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I actually sang the song for this at a party, once.
I felt really awkward, too -o-
But now when I see the movie or any pictures, I always wonder why I chose that song, and now I know...
I'd been humming it for 3 days, prior to that -w-
But this picture brings back fond memories, so thank you for drawing it, your pictures are awesome^^
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SeerWalker Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Hmmm, personally I think I've always liked the green more.
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:iconilabernie:
ilabernie Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Photographer
*-* LOVE IT!
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:iconcamiakademy:
CamiAkademy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
j'aime beaucoup!
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:iconellaminnop:
EllaMinnoP Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love!!!!
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SteepDust019 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome design!
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:iconpinklady92:
pinklady92 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Lovely designs
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bodymindandspirit Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
mulan is my favorite disney princess
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chancesofnever Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Wow, so gorgeous! I love how you got the poem in, really new and creative! Honestly, I think both colors are beautiful!! :love:
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sumichou Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol "I love to eat fruits"
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Bramblepath0 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
spotted!! :D
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Gerfer Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
It’s hard to believe that it can be so perfect!
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Emilythetwist Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
nice work!
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Hidani96 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist
so much beauty!!
gorgeous work!
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cocoart Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Both stunning but I'll go for green because, as you said, it really does fit her personality more. It's the choice I think Mulan herself would make if choosing a reflection :)
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is wonderful :3
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Illeander Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mulan is my favorite Disney Gal! I like how you were able to change the dress while keeping it recognizable. Are you a fashion student?
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:iconvilva:
Vilva Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug: I'm not, but I've been self studying art, and designing these outfits is one of my favorite hobbies at the moment! :aww:
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SAmaryllis Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I also have a preference for the green dress! Since Mulan only really wears the pink outfit when trying to pass herself off as someone else, I actually think she really shouldn't be associated with the pink...Her green soldier and civilian outfits, to me, represent who she is much better. c:

(though, another color scheme to consider would be her "cross-crossdressing" outfit when she is on the roof with ShanYu XD)
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pinkcerezas Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Love it!
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bluebird2788 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Beautiful!
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MiMiDong Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This brings back memories of when I used to watch mulan over and over again as a child~ It's really beautiful :aww:
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:iconvilva:
Vilva Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Aww thanks so much! :hug:
xD I use to do that as well!
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:iconmimidong:
MiMiDong Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha it's good to know I'm not alone :'D
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explorerwolf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
So pretty <3 My favourite is the pink one, but the green dress is also very beautiful!
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sukuangtou Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Writer
Amazing! Great job, well done!
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:iconwhispers-in-thedark:
Whispers-in-theDark Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Artist
wow this is so beautiful
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:iconpetit-honey:
Petit-Honey Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like Mulan, I like their dresses... I like your drawings!
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Suicune244 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Amazing! <3
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NICK-XMG Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Interface Designer
cool
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Ebony-Inke Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Laughs because I can understand the words you wrote in the folds of her clothes and you've written some pretty funny stuff there hehehe~ :icondragonlaughplz:
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