disney belle dress

Belle from beauty and the beast 2014

Belle from once upon a time

Belle from beauty and the beast 2017

Belle from beauty and the beast Disney 1991

Disney Heroine Aesthetics // Belle

The girl is strange, but special. A most peculiar mademoiselle!

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Aurora | Lilo | Alice | Tinker Bell | Snow White | Ariel | Tiana | Cinderella | Jane

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For Belle’s iconic yellow ball gown of the original classic, Durran said “my aim was always to reinterpret the original costumes, flesh them out a bit and give them texture, but the starting point for Belle especially was the animation. We ended up creating a simple dress, because what was most important was the movement of the dress.”

The yellow ball gown, required hundreds of hours of work. Made of silk organza with gold leaf and glitter detailing in a pattern that matches the Beast’s ballroom floor, the opulent dress was light enough for Emma Watson to move in (a lack of a corset helped). And it’s not meant to be an exact replica of its hand-drawn predecessor. “l really believe that if you are a fan of the original movie, if the dress didn’t in some way reinterpret that original dress, it would always be slightly disappointing,” Durran says. If you look closely at Belle’s accessories, they too evoke the Beast’s dwelling. “There are elements that are the results of the castle being a living thing and creating this costume,” the designer says, noting the plantlike cuff on Belle’s ear, the feather motif repeated in the hair ornament, and the organic gold filigree necklace, which Durran says “is a sort of magic reinterpretation of the tree of life.”

The Beast may be a (former) man of few words, but his costumes tell a rich story. Early in the film he doesn’t wear much clothing at all; instead, he hides behind shredded cloth that forms a cape. “There’s not anything human to him at the beginning, and then slowly human elements are reintroduced,” Durran says. As he falls deeper in love with Belle, he starts caring about his wardrobe again — and the household-staff-turned-objects are eager to assist. “We thought about how the objects would have been rallying around to try and help him become the prince that Belle would fall in love with,” Durran says. For example, when it came to the outfit the Beast wears to the ball, Durran’s team imagined Plumette painting the design onto it, making the embroidery look like gold print. Not that it’s easy dressing a Beast: Durran had to make garments that stretched and moved with the animal-like character, which required alternately working with the visual-effects department, a physical mold, a stuntman and actor Dan Stevens. Even the Beast’s beard was a challenge. As Durran puts it, “Collars are not problems you usually deal with.” Ruffly neckwear — how beastly!

“Why do you hate Belle’s live-action yellow dress?”

Originally posted by mouseofmickey

It looks like several slices of Kraft Singles were stapled to her hips

It looks like a bunch of bananas on top of a yellow traffic cone

It looks like a sad lampshade someone sat on

It looks like a deflated party balloon that someone cut up

It looks like it was made with the peeled-off skin of Minions

It looks like something you’d find on the clearance rack at Forever 21 in 2005

It looks like a dollop of French mustard

It looks like an upside-down stack of wilting daffodils

It looks like someone thought “What if the curtain dress from ‘Gone with the Wind’ looked more like actual curtains?”

It looks like a 5-year-old with crayons tried to draw Belle’s gold dress by memory and someone tried to replicate it in reality.

It looks super easy for Disney to reproduce and mass-market, which makes way too much sense for my comfort.