The premiere of the live-action reboot of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is fast approaching, and lead actress Emma Watson has finally landed in New York after traveling the globe in support of the film. Her first stop? A reading at Lincoln Center, hosted by the New York Film Society for Kids. So it’s only natural that, in front of an audience full of avid children, Watson would channel her on-screen character’s most iconic look — a canary-yellow ball gown from the original animated film’s romantic waltz sequence.
Throughout the press tour, Watson has made an effort to support conscious, sustainable, and female-fronted brands, tracking her progress through the aptly named Instagram account @the_press_tour. And while her yellow Christian Dior Couture gown likely isn’t made of recycled materials à la her Louis Vuitton look in France, or of deadstock fabrics like her Emilia Wickstead look in London, it’s still one of the most striking creations from the first woman artistic director of the Dior brand.
Who: Emma Watson.
When: Monday, March 13.
Where: The New York Film Society for Kids’s reading in support of Beauty and the Beast at Lincoln Center in New York, New York.
What: A canary yellow Christian Dior Couture gown in organza with a cowl neck by Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Why: Model Vittoria Cerreti wore a similar look, albeit in a dreamy Champagne pink, on the Spring 2017 couture runway — a show that was itself a kind of feminist fairytale. Sound familiar? Here, Watson’s bright yellow look makes an even bolder statement. Her press tour thus far has been filled with princess-worthy gowns (and even a few regal jumpsuits), but few have channeled her character as overtly as this one. In the original Disney Beauty and the Beast, the waltz scene soundtracked by the titular song features a confection of a yellow gown — and one that’s reproduced in the upcoming live-action remake. While a statement in itself, the Dior gown is slightly more restrained than the on-screen gown, riffing on rather than directly pulling from the film.
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