We all patiently waited for it: the relish of Emma Watson’s Belle dress in Beauty and the Beast. Made with silk, the yellow princess ball gown is better than we gathered. The dress has a satin finish that glows for the camera while the layers of organza devote the dress a light, bouncy lift. Though parts of the costume partake of a cage, one specific constricting piece was left out of the new design.
Beauty and the Creature‘s costume designer Jacqueline Durran revealed in an interview that Belle’s fit out in the live-action film does not have a corset, a change Emma moved for herself.
«For Emma, it was important that the dress was light and that it had a lot of flicker,» Durran said. «In Emma’s reinterpretation, Belle is an active princess. She did not requisite a dress that was corseted or that would impede her in any way.»
Given that the actress is a proud feminist and backer of HeForShe, it’s not surprising she spoke up and did away with a tight-fitting bodice in the celebrity of comfort. Scroll through for a glimpse of Belle’s updated gown and other accoutres, then check out Emma’s green red carpet choices on the press journey.