8 costume tweaks that turned Emma Watson into modern-day Belle


March 16, 2017 | BY Jessica Liew

In this interactive special, discover how the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ costume designer updated Belle’s iconic dresses for 2017.

edited batb_gallery-image_1_61258e66.jpg (original size)Remaking a classic movie is no easy task, especially when it’s living up to Disney standards. But so far, official stills of the 2017 Beauty and the Beast reproduction prove a rousing hit among fans and trendspotters alike, enamoured and inspired by Belle’s modern, iconic dresses as channeled by Emma Watson.

In her desire to portray Belle as an active, feminist character, Emma worked closely with costume designer Jacqueline Durran in conceptualising dresses that allowed freedom of movement by first famously doing away with the corset. 

Click on the red buttons for interactive fun facts on the dresses, in Durran's own words as told to Fashionista.

The iconic yellow gown 

Belle's folksy blue peasant dress

Despite Cinema Online's reports on the Malaysia Censorship Board's reluctance in screening the film, don't let it crush all hopes of  ‘getting into character’ for Beauty and the Beast.

In tribute of this  modernised Disney character, indulge your inner Belle with these 10 dresses, accessories and shoes that impart your wardrobe with  her spunky girl power.

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Farah Khan Rachel dress, with embroidered bodice and oversized silk bow

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Pucci dress, a tribal design made from jersey 

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Sereni & Shentel Cha Cha headband in daffodil with 24k gold plated  charms

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Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée diamonds earstuds

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Bottega Veneta clutch with worn-down heirloom textures


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Jimmy Choo Lucy shoes with speckled glitter

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Stella McCartney denim dress with knit bodice

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Diane von Furstenberg hortensia blue cross neck jacquard dress

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Boucheron Damier Cabochon art deco necklace with inset stones

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Salvatore Ferragamo pump shoes with bow 

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Fendi Peekaboo in cream-coloured leather with romantic floral pattern print

 Beauty and the Beast official stills courtesy of Disney and product photos courtesy of respective brands.

Step into the shoes of a princess with these fairy-tale heels inspired by your spirit Disney princess