Recently we got our first look at Emma Watson in Belle’s iconic dress in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast.
And now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we know Watson and costume designer Jacqueline Durran put a lot of effort into modernizing the dress while still remaining loyal to the original design.
The dress was designed with easy, active moment in mind — Watson isn’t wearing a corset underneath. “In Emma’s reinterpretation,” Durran said, “Belle is an active princess. She did not want a dress that was corseted or that would impede her in any way.”
And Belle can run in her shoes. “They are heeled, 18th-century shoes, but they are something that Belle can run in and that she can go off and save her father in,” Durran said.