By Lauren Le Vine. Photos: Getty Images.
It’s a tale as old as time, really. Girl signs on to live-action adaptation of beloved fairy tale. Her character is an equally beloved princess. There’s one scene that truly stands out in people’s minds when thinking about said movie: that , with the titular song and the yellow dress. No matter what the girl (Emma Watson) wears on the press tour for the film, she’s bound to get princess comparisons. And her latest look is bound to get “this dress looks just like that one” comments, given that it’s a long, flowing, yellow gown.
The gown in question is by Dior Haute Couture. Watson wore the pale yellow dress for a reading at the New York Film Society for Kids in New York City on Monday night. While not a complete doppelgänger for Belle’s ballroom gown (that one has a sweetheart neckline and more ruffles on the bottom), the color and shape are enough to earn the comparison.
Many of Watson’s looks during her Beauty and the Beast press tour have fueled princess comparisons—even the more modern ones. She wore a flowing, pale-blue gown with a long cape by Emilia Wickstead for the film’s U.K. premiere. Despite any arguments to the contrary about Watson’s feminist beliefs as of late, the actress made sure to note that the gown was made by an all-female team at the designer’s London atelier.
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Her press tour has been noteworthy for another reason as well. Watson has been extremely conscious about wearing eco-friendly, sustainable outfits. She notes the origin of all of her gowns and other ensembles on @thepresstour, an Instagram account she set up to share the origins of her clothing. A
was made for Watson out of recycled polyester crafted from plastic bottles. An
Today was a brilliant day of interviews, press conferences and photoshoots for @beautyandthebeast in France. We snuck out of the junket and onto the roof of the hotel to capture these shots against the beautiful Paris skyline. Custom @louisvuitton dress designed by @nicolasghesquiere. The dress fabric is Newlife recycled polyester, created from used plastic bottles. These are sourced, mechanically processed and spun into yarns in Italy, with a fully traceable supply chain. This saves energy and reduces CO2 emissions compared to creating brand new polyester fibre. The arm band was created in a carbon-neutral mill. Dress validated by @ecoage #ecoloves
contained all organic fabrics.
Sunday was the first ever public screening of @beautyandthebeast! We were so happy to surprise the audience in Paris and say “bonjour” in person, especially as this is the country where it was created and Belle’s place of birth 🇫🇷🌹 Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, the new Co-Creative Directors of @oscardelarenta, created this Jacobian flower-embroidered duchesse satin bustier with an organic silk faille sash and organic wool trousers as part of their first collection. The entire look was made in-house at Oscar de la Renta’s NYC atelier ❤ @burberry pumps handmade in Italy with organic silk. Fashion info verified by @ecoage #ecoloves Lipstick is a combination of Osaka Plum Matte and New Orleans Scarlet Matte from @thebodyshop who have used their fairly traded 'Community Trade Brazil Nut Oil' from Peru in this product along with the Lash Hero Mascara which uses 'Community Trade Shea Butter'. Hair using @rahuabeauty who as well as being a natural brand partner with women from Amazonian nations such as Waorani, Achuar, Quichua, Quechua and Shuar to harvest their key ingredients Ungurahua, Sacha Inchi, and Buriti oils. Hair styling using @johnmastersorganicsusa who created their first organic haircare products in 1991 and use bottles made from the most recyclable plastic type and boxes made from 100% recycled paper with 100% soy ink. All brands are cruelty free. Beauty brands verified by @contentbeauty
Watson is mindful of the message she is sending to fans (especially younger ones) through her work, whether speaking about her love of reading to a group of children or telling Vanity Fair why reading is “sacred” for her.
“Books gave me a way to connect with my father . . . I just remember him reading to me before bed and how he used to do all the different voices. I grew up on film sets, and books were my connection to the outside world. They were my connection to my friends back at school because if I was reading what they were reading we’d have something in common. Later in life, they became an escape, a means of empowerment, a friend I could rely on.”
This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.
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