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Fashion Students Spectacularly Reimagine the Drama of Beauty and the Beast

Picture of India Doyle
Updated: 21 March 2017
Ahead of its UK release, students of London’s leading fashion school Central Saint Martins have created a collection inspired by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

13 talented students from CSM were asked to create six unique costumes, inspired by the new film. While keeping the theatricality and spectacle at the heart of film, these costumes imbue the imagined characters with a little fashionable flair. As one would expect from these students, materials and textures have been imaginatively used to create a sense of volume and energy, while colours such as the bright yellow used in Belle’s dress pay homage to the original aesthetic of the film.

While the film has already attracted an immense amount of hype, not least due to the controversy surrounding Director Bill Condon’s mention of a ‘gay moment’ that saw the film threatened to be banned in cinemas across the U.S and Russia.

Tasmin Case, a student who co-designed a costume that married elements of Belle and the Beast said “The nostalgia of the film made it very interesting from a design perspective, attempting to do justice to a film that resonates with so many who watched it growing up. As an adult, watching the new live-action film, I found new meanings in the story such as acceptance and inner beauty that inspired my design process.”

See the full collection below.