Watching Bill Condon’s version of Beauty and the Beast unleashed the inner child in me. I was obsessing over the theatrical grandeur, the colourful music, the meticulous details of each costume.
Then I found out the costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, had carefully selected many vintage pieces and fabrics from sustainable sources to create the costumes for the film. For instance, the red dress and cape Emma Watson wore for the film was a combination of a 70’s cape, hand-woven linen from the 60’s found on Ebay, fabric from an old school project, and blue and red stripe lining made of certified organic cotton.
The costumes shouldn’t be just be applauded for their efforts to be ethically and environmentally conscious (although that is a pretty impressive stand-alone achievement). What I also loved about the costumes is that they drift far away from the corset-bound, impractical costumes often associated with fairy tales. Instead, Belle is seen wearing boots instead of ballet flats and bloomers beneath her denim dress. To find out more about the intricate details of each costume, check out The Press Tour.
Watching Beauty and the Beast is such a fresh reminder that the movement towards a sustainable fashion industry IS growing and IS achievable. To add to the movement’s momentum, Baptist World Aid just released their annual Ethical Fashion Report that you can check out to see how ethical, environmental and transparent your favourite brands are. The results are surprising this year with many big brands improving since the last report, including Cotton On, Supre and SABA and Bonds which all received an A-. Fashion Revolution Week is also upcoming and starting next Monday! Check out their website to see how you can get involved.
Being inspired by watching Beauty and the Beast, I created my own overall dress using a denim-cotton blend which my aunt gave to me after buying too much fabric for her own sewing project.