Emma Watson Spills A Secret About Belle’s Iconic Gold Dress

Just when we thought we couldn't get anymore excited for Beauty And The Beast, Emma Watson has revealed something about that dress...

When it comes to Disney Princess attire, you can’t really get more iconic than Belle’s golden ball gown.

As soon as we heard that Beauty And The Beast was getting the live action treatment, our imaginations immediately wondered to that dress.

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It’s a pivotal scene. Belle and Beast lock eyes at the top of the stairs, before taking their spot on the floor of the great hall for their first dance.

The romantic moment is the very first time that you can feel the Beast soften, with the fairytale pair waltzing their first steps towards true love.

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Now that Emma Watson, who will be taking the lead role in the remake, has been speaking out about the film, we knew it wouldn’t be too long before the questions turned to the dress.

Never putting a foot wrong in the style department, we weren’t surprised to hear that Emma worked closely with costume designer Jacqueline Durran to create her own version of the gown.

And, having already heard that the actress has made some modern tweaks to the backstory of her character, it’s also only fitting that Em’ has done the same with the wardrobe.


‘I really embraced working on the dress, making sure that it was utterly whimsical, and magical,’ Emma explains. ‘The scene that I wear that dress in, and I have that dance in, it really tells the story of Beast and Belle falling in love.

‘You know, we don’t have a huge amount of time in the story to tell that story. The dance, for me, is really where the audience starts to see it happening and starts knowing that it is happening. This is total, blissful escapism.

‘You are transported to another world. The dress, and the dancing, and the candlelight, and the music — it was really fun to work on every aspect of that. Jacqueline Durran is just such a wonderful person and costume designer. I think she did such a amazing job.’

We’ve got goosebumps.

But Durran describes one important change that Emma saw for her vision of Belle. She told EW: ‘For Emma, it was important that the dress was light and that it had a lot of movement. In Emma’s reinterpretation, Belle is an active princess. She did not want a dress that was corseted or that would impede her in any way.’

Belle is sounding more and more kickass by the day.