On Monday evening Emma Watson, who plays Belle in Disney's much-anticipated remake of Beauty and the Beast, took to the stage at the Lincoln Centre in New York, to read an excerpt from the story to children from the New York Film Society Kids programme. While the leading lady reading from the fairy tale made for a magical moment in itself, the event was made all the more enchanting by the fabulous yellow Dior Haute Couture gown which Watson wore while doing so, making her almost a mirror image of her on-screen character.
In-keeping with Watson's pledge to wear sustainable fashion, all of the looks she has worn during her promotional tour have been ethically sourced, and the Dior gown is no exception.
It was created using a combination of organza and Eco-Age fabric, as per Watson's request. And it seems the actress was able to influence more than just the fabric of the custom-made dress, which is remarkably similar to that worn by Belle in the film. ''We decided with Emma to go this way,'' says Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior's Creative Director, ''it's very close to the story.'' There are slight differences in the design however with Dior's creation featuring thinner straps, a slightly less voluminous skirt, a flattering cowl neckline and criss-cross detailing which leaves most of Watson's back exposed. The end result? A modern makeover for Belle's legendary look.
On the subject of creating beautiful red carpet designs for Watson and welcoming her input in the design process, Grazia Churi says, ''Emma is very important for the new generation of women. She's a good example. I really respect her a lot''.
The buttercup-yellow dress stands out from Watson's other looks thus far on the film's promotional tour, which have largely been all-black ensembles, from the bespoke 3.1 Phillip Lim outfit, to the strapless jumpsuit by Oscar de la Renta, and the cut-out gown by Christopher Kane. That doesn't mean to say these looks have been without a nod to the Disney heroine. The Oscar de la Renta jumpsuit was endowed with a large gold rose pin - symbolic of the rose from the story.