Definitely, this is a fantasy about Beauty and the Beast in the real setting of the 18th century and also ...a little bit of a fancy of the past based on Disney movie "Beauty and the Beast" (2017), starring Emma Watson (Belle) and Dan Stevens (Beast). The costumes created by Jacqueline Durrand, help telling the story of more like an updated, more contemporary Belle and her romance with the Beast.
Looking at the great costumes in the movie, I wanted to continue the story of a real 18th century outfits and imagining how ... How would a Beauty and the Beast wear Rococo fashion costumes? Sure this would be a reflection of not only the movie and fairy tale, but also of the costumes of the 18th century, which have been imaginary "picked up" according to the movie.
What's about the movie, its production designer, the director and also costume designer Jacqueline Durrand, were putting a story set in 18th century France. They wanted to bring to it this feeling of history. 18th century fashion fashion plates, depictions of nobles and peasants were the great source. Those elements of 18th century were added to Belle's costumes. Historical elements, like pockets, for instance were derived from 18th century and combined with a twist of a Disney "Beauty and the Beast" world. [6.]
Undoubtedly, the transformation of the Beast in a movie is very interesting. He starts off with this really crazy cape, and just before the end when he is doing the dance with Belle, he is pretty much wearing sort of clothes that an 18th-century aristocrat would wear. But he is just a Beast. [6.]
Dan Stevens, in the beginning of the movie, is done up like the prince. He has a coat that is completely covered in Swarovski crystals. It is quite an extraordinary beginning for him — just immediately before he turns into a Beast. And indeed, it was actually a thing in the 18th century that men had jeweled clothes. Diamond-studded coat for a prince was made of thousands of Swarovski crystals. His coat in the movie is embroidered with phantasmagorical animals, like wolves and dragons to show that he is kind of the dark side. [6.]
And that is the ultimate tale! So let's take a look at the fairy-tale and also the real outfits of the 18th century, which I have chosen for the imagined wearers in the Rococo fashion era!
Tale as old as time
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My name is Edīte Parute and I am a fashion historian and researcher from Latvia, association member at "The Association of Dress Historians" (UK) and author of the book "Stila un modes enciklopēdija"/"Encyclopedia of Style and Fashion" (2010) as well as author of many publications.