One aspect that we love about Emma Watson’s portrayal of Belle in Beauty and the Beast is how involved she was in bringing her character to life. From giving her a new backstory, to collaborating on the design of Belle’s costumes, Emma was able to build on the character we all know and love, while adding new elements to Belle’s story.
Of course, we all know how passionate Emma is about sustainable fashion, and costume designer Jacqueline Durran was able to work with Eco-Age and the Green Carpet Challenge to design and create ethical and sustainable costumes made from fair-trade fabrics for the film. For Belle’s cape and dress during “Something There,” Durran was able to create a fully eco-friendly costume that used organic and recycled materials to create a one-of-a-kind look.
The cape was created from “up-cycled, traditionally woven British Jacob’s wool from around 1970, (that was) bought at a vintage fair,” according to Emma’s Instagram, The Press Tour. The fabric for the cape was treated using “natural dyes, and the lining was made from paperlike Tussah silk.” Durran also up-cycled a hand-woven linen fabric from the 1960’s that was found on eBay to create Belle’s jacket. The striped lining inside came “from a wonderful Indian supplier, who hand weaved and herbal dyed this GOTS certified organic cotton.”
The costume department even used plants, like wild nettles, to create a fiber that was used the front panel of the bodice. They also used organic cotton and hemp, a fiber that can be grown without pesticides or herbicides, to create Belle’s stockings.
It’s amazing how much detail went into every costume, and we love that the costume department incorporated sustainable practices and fabrics to create Beauty and the Beast’s magical world. You can find even more details on Belle’s eco-friendly costume on The Press Tour.
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