ONCE UPON A COSTUME
by Mia Bennet--@must_be_mia1
First in a series.
Eduardo Castro, the magnificent costume designer for Once Upon a Time knows how to bring the characters we love to life with a little spunk in them. Belle, portrayed by the lovely Emilie De Ravin, has several outfits that clearly match her disposition. For starters, she is first seen in her yellow dress in Season 1's "Skin Deep" as she bravely decides to live with Rumplestiltskin forever in order to save her family and kingdom. This dress has a soft overlook, but is embroidered with gold, which signifies "triumphant". This is initially what Belle blossoms into after spending time in the Dark Castle.
Another costume of Belle's that signifies her bravery and strength is her "adventure outfit". She wears this in Season 2 Episode 11, "The Outsider". Here she seeks to find the Yaoguai. This style is her armor and defines her breakout moment when she discovers she truly wants to, and can be, a hero.
One outfit that Belle wears a lot in the Enchanted Forest is her blue dress. First worn in "Skin Deep," she is often seen wearing this while working about in the castle, reading books, and when she travels around with Rumple. This showcases her wisdom, and the young sweet, innocent, pure side that lies within. It is simple, yet elegant in its own way.
Finally, another outfit that stands out reflecting Belle's virtue is the outfit she wears for her wedding. This off-white apparel once again indicates the softer, wholesome demeanor of Belle as she expresses her love to Rumplestiltskin.
All these outfits specify that Belle has an open mind and a curious, fun side to her as she is presented as a spirited hero who follows her heart and, in the end, always chooses good.