This whole Beauty and the Beast (2017) and ‘corset burning’ Emma Watson nonsense has me thinking about Titanic (1997), particularly Rose Dewitt Bukater and her costumes.
There is a scene where, metaphorically and literally, she is being suffocated/tied down by the tightening of her corset/her mother’s and society’s expectations, and then after she chooses Jack, she wears her water dress (which doesn’t have a corset iirc.)
Titanic came out 20!!!!!! years ago and Kate’s Rose still feels more modern (not to mention more lively and 3 dimensional) than Emma’s Belle, because while Rose smoke, drank, swore, liked Picasso and also did things that made her Not Like Other Girls, those actions didn’t define her as a character nor did they define how strong/feminist she was.
Also, Kate Winslet was running around in the water for half the film, and that dress was still gorgeous? There is no reason why Belle’s iconic dress, even with no corset, had to look like the unfortunate clearance rack prom dress that it is.