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Watch Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Now Streaming on Disney+

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Beast’s castle Beast’s servants. Pictured from left to right: Fifi, Mrs. Potts Cogsworth, Lumiere and Chip Belle’s father, Maurice (left) and Belle (right) DVD cover of Beauty and the Beast Valentine’s Day may have come...

Beast's castle Beast’s castle

Beast’s servants. Pictured from left to right: Fifi, Mrs. Potts Cogsworth, Lumiere and Chip Beast’s servants. Pictured from left to right: Fifi, Mrs. Potts Cogsworth, Lumiere and Chip

Belle’s father, Maurice (left) and Belle (right) Belle’s father, Maurice (left) and Belle (right)

DVD cover of Beauty and the Beast DVD cover of Beauty and the Beast

Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but the celebration of love never ceases. So, let's take a moment to appreciate one of the most heartwarming, romantic, and beautiful tales of all time — Beauty and the Beast.

If you are not familiar with this classic story, it revolves around a young French woman named Belle and a young Prince named Adam. As punishment for Prince Adam's selfish and superficial acts, he is transformed into a beast. To break the curse, he must find true love before his 21st birthday. Enter Belle, who stumbles upon the Beast's castle and becomes the key to their enchanted future.

Beauty and the Beast has a rich history, originally written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villenueve, who drew inspiration from the real-life story of Petrus Gonsalvus, a man with excessive hair growth. French writer Jeanne Marie Le Prince de Beaumont later adapted the story into the version we know today. This tale has inspired numerous adaptations, including the 1994 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical and the 2017 Disney live-action movie.

Let's dive deeper into the work of Ann Hould-Ward, the costume designer for the 1994 Broadway production. Ward's passion for fashion began at a young age, designing clothes for her paper dolls. Her talent and dedication eventually led her to work on the iconic Broadway adaptation, where she brought the characters' costumes to life.

Belle’s dress designed by Ann Hould-Ward for the 1994 Beauty and the Beast on Broadway on display Belle’s dress designed by Ann Hould-Ward for the 1994 Beauty and the Beast on Broadway

Ward's creative process involved sketching her ideas, draping fabrics, and ensuring the actors' comfort during fittings. Her attention to detail and dedication to the original designs paid off, resulting in stunning costumes that captured the essence of the characters.

Moving on to the 2017 live-action adaptation, we meet another brilliant costume designer, Jacqueline Durran. Durran's experience and love for vintage clothing played a significant role in her approach to Belle's iconic yellow dress. Her goal was to present Belle as an active heroine, incorporating elements of practicality and freedom into the design.

Belle’s necklace and yellow dress from Disney’s 2017 live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast on display Belle’s necklace and yellow dress from Disney’s 2017 live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast on display

Durran faced challenges in living up to the audience's expectations and combining the ideas of the actors, director, and herself. The result was a dress that flowed elegantly, allowing Belle to move freely. The costume featured a soft structure with layers of silk organza and a ruched look reminiscent of the original animated film.

Both Ann Hould-Ward and Jacqueline Durran contributed to the magic of Beauty and the Beast in their unique ways, bringing the characters and their costumes to life on stage and screen. Their dedication to their craft and respective interpretations of the story have left a lasting impact.

Emma Watson as Belle (left) and Dan Stevens as Beast (right) in Disney’s 2017 live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast Emma Watson as Belle (left) and Dan Stevens as Beast (right) in Disney’s 2017 live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast

As we reflect on the incredible work of these costume designers, let's take a moment to appreciate the beauty and artistry that brings Beauty and the Beast to life. Whether you choose to watch the Broadway musical or the live-action adaptation, both are available for streaming on Disney+.

So grab some popcorn, get cozy, and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Beauty and the Beast. It's a tale as old as time, and it never fails to captivate our hearts. How did you celebrate Valentine's Day this year? Let us know in the comments!

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