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"Belle", as designed by Miguel Angel Huidor (photos from the Italian, Spanish and German productions, all produced by Stage Entertainment).

My love for this particular dress is endless. This designer has the 18th century as starting point. He makes her a bodice which looks perfectly period in silhouette and details - the cone shape, the tabs, the decorative front lacing. The bodice has actual lacing holes. It’s bound with a contrasting green fabric, for effect and for avoiding wear and tear. It’s so period I wanna cry.

He pairs this with a skirt with nice width and an embroidered hem, also typical of the 18th century. And he gives Belle multiple white, lace trimmed underskirts so it looks stunning when she dance. And on top the silly little pastoral apron so fashionable in the 18th century. 

This isn’t a period costume. It’s a theatrical costume, probably with shortcuts, and with a more modern looking blouse underneath. But it shows how wonderful a costume you can create knowing your dress history. Making it historical plausible doesn’t mean “having to create a museum piece”. 

It’s incredibly rare to see costume design on this level. It’ so hardcore and yet so simple. It screams “Belle”. I am forever in love. 

The seasonal cycle is either signified or fully developed in every version of “Beauty and the Beast.” The merchant sets out in reasonable weather, but his trip carries him into winter - the winter of his old age and to some extent, defeat. He is unable to recoup his losses or satisfy Beauty’s request for a summer rose. Lost in a snow-storm, he finds the Beast’s palace surrounded by summer, the proper age for courtship. Before Beauty makes her decision to return to the Beast’s palace, the Beast’s world begins to die with him and turn to winter. (…) The imaginary world is often portrayed as the opposite of the ordinary, but both worlds usually come together with the metamorphosis in spring.
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