The countdown is on: The new Beauty and the Beast movie starring Emma Watson is set to be released March 17, 2017. Since Disney announced the release of their live-action remake, we can’t stop thinking about the fashion and the role that Emma Watson will portray as Belle, especially in the iconic yellow ball gown.
The yellow gown worn by Belle in the ballroom scene of the original Beauty and the Beast, is one of the most recognizable pieces or wardrobe in movie history, and has become a genuinely well-known garment in the 25 years since the film’s release. So, it was no surprise that actress Emma Watson worked closely with costume designer Jacqueline Durran to create the new version of the gown which makes us fall deeper and deeper in love with movie, and of course the fashion too.
But before she transformed into a golden-gowned princess, Belle was a French villager in a blue apron and peasant blouse. In the movie, the look is a bit grungier than the original, paired with boots and even a few dish towels strung at the belt instead of Belle’s dainty basket. And her perfectly bowed updo is also transformed into a loose ponytail, making her character look even more realistic. The look, however doesn’t stand out, but nonetheless is quite memorable.
And as far as the iconic and infamous yellow gown, it’s made with silk and has a satin finish that glows for the camera while the layers of organza give the dress a light, bouncy lift.
An observation we noticed was that in the live-action film, Belle would not be wearing a corset. Per costume designer Jacqueline Durran, “For Emma, it was important that the dress was light and that it had a lot of movement”. “In Emma’s reinterpretation, Belle is an active princess. She did not want a dress that was corseted or that would impede her in any way.”
So, it’s safe to announce that the costumes for Beauty and the Beast, live up to every expectation imaginable.