It's True: A 5-Year-Old Helped Design the Beauty and the Beast Dress


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Belle's iconic yellow gown is synonymous with Beauty and the Beast, and 2017's live-action adaptation might have a toddler to thank for its latest iteration. Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran recently revealed that the stunning dress took 12,000 hours to create, but Dan Stevens, aka the Beast, says his then-5-year-old daughter, Willow, played a role in conceptualizing the golden masterpiece.

In an interview with British TV show This Morning, Emma Watson's co-star explains that his fashion-inclined daughter came up with five different designs for Watson to choose from while she was over for dinner with his family. Stevens explains, "So [Emma and I] are talking about the dress and the dress design, and Willow—who was 5 at the time—she kind of overheard the conversation, and we were talking away … and she nipped off next door, pen and paper, and came back about half an hour later with five different dress designs."

Like a proper couturier, little Willow talked Watson through her sketches, and they picked one to bring back to the costume designer. Of course, the budding designer came on set to check out the gown and gave it her stamp of approval. "A few weeks later, Willow comes on set, and Emma's there in the dress, and she just looked at me and went, 'Yep, that's the one,'" Stevens says. Willow Stevens, costume designer: It has a nice ring to it!

Keep scrolling to check out the video clip of Dan Stevens gushing about his fashion designer daughter.

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