Beauty & the Beast

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.

28 Comments

  • Reply Missy May April 19, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    This is a great take on beauty and the beast. Great shots and you look so beautiful.

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    • Reply micromaria April 19, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you lovely!

  • Reply Mercy April 22, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Ahh this looks dreamy and ethereal, love the dress, the concept and the location.

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    • Reply micromaria April 24, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Thank you for the kind compliments. 🙂

  • Reply serena April 22, 2017 at 10:00 am

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    • Reply micromaria April 24, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply yuka April 23, 2017 at 11:05 am

    These photos are gorgeous! I almost watched the movie tonight, but my mom bailed on me lol. That is so amazing about the stylists eco friendly costume choices. bravo for her!

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    • Reply micromaria April 24, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Awww, you should definitely try and go watch it again! Definitely worth seeing it in the cinemas.

  • Reply Carmen April 23, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I love the vibe of those pics dear! You look fabulous <3
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    • Reply micromaria April 24, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      Thank you Carmen!

  • Reply Laura Mitbrodt April 24, 2017 at 6:20 am

    These photos are so pretty, I love that movie
    xo
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    • Reply micromaria April 24, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      Thank you! It’s one of my favourite recreations of classic Disney movies so far.

  • Reply Rosanna April 24, 2017 at 7:08 am

    What beautiful pictures and so interesting to hear how they made the costumes!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

    • Reply micromaria April 24, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      Yeah, I thought it was so interesting as well!
      Maria xx

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  • Reply Gemma May 1, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I am completely in love with your blog and your photography, especially in this post! Such a vintage, special feel which you don’t see often. I’m so excited to see Beauty & The Beast still, the cinema is way too pricey so I’m waiting patiently for it to be available elsewhere! It’s still one of my most favourite Disney movie’s of all time. I’m always conscious of buying ethical beauty products etc, but I forget about the clothing industry too, so this is really interesting and something I must look into a little more! I can’t believe you made this dress yourself, it’s so cute 🙂

    Xo Gemma
    Sunday Somewhere

    • Reply micromaria May 8, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Thank you Gemma! It’s also one of my most favourite Disney films ever!

  • Reply Saida - She talks Glam May 4, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Did you make that super cute dress? Me and my non existent sewing skills are amazed! 🙂 I love the vintage look of the pictures and the location is beautiful. Thanks for the links to the Ethical report, I was looking for information on this recently and couldn’t find anything that was in one single place.

    Hope you had a fantastic week, lovely
    Saida | She talks Glam

    • Reply micromaria May 8, 2017 at 11:06 am

      Thank you lovely! I’m glad you’ve finally found it!

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    • Reply micromaria May 8, 2017 at 11:06 am

      Thank you!!

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      Thank you for your kind words and the feedback!
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