After releasing several images of the anticipated live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast yesterday, Entertainment Weekly go to sit down with Emma Watson about the film’s costumes. The main talking point was the famous yellow dress from the end of the animated film, which was shown off in the images released yesterday.
“I really embraced working on the dress, making sure that it was utterly whimsical, and magical. The scene that I wear that dress in, and I have that dance in, it really tells the story of Beast and Belle falling in love. You know, we don’t have a huge amount of time in the story to tell that story. The dance, for me, is really where the audience starts to see it happening and starts knowing that it is happening. This is total, blissful escapism. You are transported to another world. The dress, and the dancing, and the candlelight, and the music — it was really fun to work on every aspect of that. Jacqueline Durran is just such a wonderful person and costume designer. I think she did such a amazing job.”
Costume designer, Jacqueline Durran also spoke about how to find the perfect look fro the dress.
“We camera-tested a lot of yellows, it was just trying to work out the tone. It’s still made of silk, but it has a satin finish, so it’s less transparent than other organza. There is a cage under some parts of it, but mainly it’s layers of organza that just give it a lift, for it to have lightness.”
“She has really beautiful hand-painted shoes with golden flowers. They are heeled, 18th-century shoes, but they are something that Belle can run in and that she can go off and save her father in. 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.”
As fans have all seen from the image, the result looks incredible and I can’t wait to see it on screen in March.
Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17th, 2017.