Black and Blue Assassin Princess Gown

 A dramatic ball gown with a black sequined bodice and long sleeves, puffed blue sleeves at the shoulder and a full, shiny blue skirt with a black sequined hem. There's a wide purple satin sash around the waist and purple satin at the wrists.Click for larger version (PNG); click for PDF version. Click here for the list of dolls.

A few weeks ago, there was a thread on Metafilter written by a woman who works as a party princess, talking about what her job is like. That is, she gets dressed up as Cinderella, Rapunzel or so on, then arrives at the birthday girl’s house to direct games, tell stories and otherwise let the good times roll. Her tales of how much the little girls love princesses are hilarious, and they’re accompanied by some adorable, funny illustrations. (They’ve also made me wonder why I haven’t found a good way to make millions off my paperdolls. The dresses seem to be a major selling point with this whole princess adoration thing.) They’re posted on the Something Awful forums, so you can’t easily read through them all at once, but here are links to the ones currently available. one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.

Since I’ve been enjoying these stories so much I thought I’d make a paperdoll for them, based off the name she uses on Twitter, Assassin Princess. What kind of outfit might an assassin princess wear? I imagine she is going to the ball not to win Prince Charming’s heart but to stab it. In such a lovely dark gown, snatching the prince’s attention away from a simpering beauty in pink is hardly a challenge. A few dances later, they are standing on a secluded balcony, making small talk about the moon and stars, and he leans in for a kiss… Unfortunately the poofy skirt hides several pockets, one of which holds a dagger. As he’s laying on the ground, the last thing he sees is the *sparklesparkle* of the sequins on the swishy hem of her skirt.

36 thoughts on “Black and Blue Assassin Princess Gown

  1. Appropriately creepy coming in to Halloween. I especially like the image of the last line of the post, and how it would look on film…

  2. I like the dark twist on a princess. Princesses are usually depicted as lame and frilly, but your assassin princess is cool and bad. Love it!

  3. So happy to see dresses back. I would check in every so often to see if you were back. You are my fav paper doll artist.

  4. A) Congratulations on your adorable little boy! So cute, so much personality, and an adorable hat!

    B) Welcome back to the world of the semi-awake-sorta-not-zombies, nuurrrr-braaaaaiiiiinsssss! hehe

    I love the princess assassin dress and idea, so cool =)

  5. Woo-hoo! You’re back! XD Lovely dress–will you be doing more masquerade gowns this Halloween? Those are my favorites!

  6. I love both the dress and the idea. I find the idea of a princess assassin and the way you present it so intriguing.As for the dress, well it is truly magnificent.

  7. My book has an assassin princess, but she never wears this pretty of dresses… *sigh*. Maybe I should change that. ^o_o^ <—(my attempt at a shrug)

  8. Oh, what a great surprise to find you back. I had been checking periodically but missed you until now! This is a beautiful dress, and the idea of an assassin princess is a fascinating one. What a handsome, bright little boy you have.

  9. I absolutely LOVE the dresses that you put on here! I am a T.J.Ed youth, and a friend of mine and I are putting together a production of the Scarlet Pimpernel in NSL Utah and we’re having brain freezes on ideas for the costumes, and you always have the coolest designs, do you have any ideas?

  10. Liana, I was just wondering, will you feel up to doing any Chirstmas/holiday dresses this month? The candy cane elf dresses are some of my favorites of yours! Hope you’ll feel up to drawing again soon! 8)

  11. I LOVE your dresses! It’s so funny that we have the same birthdays!!!!! (December 3rd) I was wondering if you could draw a dress made out of rose petels?

    Thanks!

    Liz.

  12. Good question, Liana. When are you coming back??? You’re not here, and without you, this site has no life :( Please come back!!!!

  13. Please come back! I miss you, your storys and dresses – please come back and bring this site alive again! :)

  14. Hello, I just happen to find this blog and I’m now in love with these bunch of adorable dresses. Thank you from Japan.

  15. This site holds sentimental value for me, so I shall (sadly, very sadly) move on and find another blog. There will never be a site as good as this one though :( Oh well, bye for now :(

  16. I love your paper doll dresses and paper dolls they are simply beautyful. while you have been awys i have had a chance to look at some of your old work and it is so beautiful i keep cheaking back at the sight becasue i love your dresses i hope you will feel up to drawing another dress soon! and your little boy is so cute.. any ways i just wanted to say how much i love and apreciate you paperdolls your very talented i cant wait to see what you come up with when you come back to drawing paper dolls.

  17. The dress is beautiful, why can’t they make dresses like this? Dresses today only have slit skirts, low backs, short skirts, and plunging necklines.

  18. Love your stuff! I stumbled onto your site back in 2009… and then life happened and here it is 2013. Was so excited to bump back into your site and see your beautiful baby boy! And the beautiful dresses. Hope you are doing well and that we will see some new posts soon…

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