For boys and for men, the Beast from Beauty and the Beast costume is going to be a hot one this Halloween. With the new live action movie and the glorious Dan Stevens in the lead role as this enchanted prince, its never been a better time to go with this dressing up theme.
Learn how to dress up as this complex character of the Beast so you can win the heart of your own fair lady so you can be with her for Evermore.
Who'd have ever thought that Belle could fall in love with a hulk of a monster. But once she realizes that beauty is only skin deep and that he has a beautiful character, she falls under his spell.
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The BEAST from Beauty and the Beast Costume Guide: Dress Like Belle's Enchanted Prince
The Beast from Disney Hollywood Studios with Belle. This is based on the older version of this classic tale.
In the animated version, you are Prince Adam who has been cursed to look like a foul beast unless someone falls in love with you. In the new, live action movie you are a more complex character who was devastated by his mother's death and led astray by his cruel father.
Dan Stevens plays this lovelorn beast to perfection in the latest movie. We see a beast who is a tragic and torn figure. He wants to love but dares not to.
He is willing to let Belle go in the end because he loves her so much that he wants her to be free of him and his curse. His love is of the most powerful and enduring kind and that's why so many women are totally enchanted by this character.
How to Dress as The Beast from the Live Action Beauty and the Beast Movie
This photo shows the best look for The Beast when he is dressed in his dashing blue suit ready for the dance with Belle.
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Step 1: The Beast's Face and Horns
It might take some creative thinking to pull off a convincing face for the Beast.
You can buy a mask (some ready made costumes include a mask) or, alternatively, use face paint to make your face brown and then use a wig and some costume horns.
Be aware that this character's horns do not point upwards but instead point backwards towards the back of his head. There is a nice curve to them. You might be able to use a variation on ram horns if you cannot find any specifically for Beauty and the Beast cosplay.
Step 2: A White Shirt With Ruffles and Sleeveless Vest
The Beast wears a very lacy, frilly, ruffled white dress shirt - the kind that might look rather silly on a mere man. However it works very well on this character and serves to make him look less frightening and more prince like.
Lacy, white ruffles hang down from his neck and over the top of his sleeveless vest or waistcoat. The frilly sleeve cuffs hang well past the end of the arms on his blue coat.
The sleeveless vest or waistcoat is an absolute masterpiece. It is in a beautiful royal blue shade and decorated with extensive gold color embroidery and gold buttons. It is mostly covered by the long sleeve matching coat.
Step 3: The Blue Coat
The Beast wears a breathtaking blue coat for his dance with Belle. It is exactly the kind of thing that you would expect an enchanted prince to wear.
His coat is a Royal blue (what else would do?) and matches the sleeveless vest or waistcoat that he wears.
There is beautiful scroll type gold embroidery all over the wide cuffs, across each pocket flap, around the hem of the coat and up each side where the buttons and button holes go.
For the buttons, of which there are many) they have used a darker antique gold rather than a bright gold color. There are 3 buttons on the outside of each arm cuff and many buttons on the coat edge down just past the waist area.
Step 4: Cropped Blue Pants / Trousers
A child's Beast costume with a furry hood, blue coat, white top and black pants.
You cannot see them very much under the long blue coat but this character wears close fitting dark blue pants or trousers.
These come under the knee and are cropped short to show off the rest of the Beast's furry legs. There are a short vertical span of gold color buttons (3) on the outside of each leg which are a great contrasting detail.
For a DIY version, you can take some existing blue pants, crop them under the knee and sew a few gold buttons on which would give the exact look.
You can see more images of the Beast's blue dance costume from the live action movie, here.
Step 5: His Beastly Legs and Feet
The actor, Dan Stevens, had to wear 10 inch stilts on set to get to the height required to play the Beast. You would not need to go to this effort for Halloween or cosplay.
His legs and feet are furry as you might expect and a medium brown color. You can actually buy brown beast legs. Just be aware that you need to fit some cropped pants on top so these would need to be wider to accommodate that.
For feet, you could also get beast hooves as a costume accessory or wear some shoes that match in with the color of your legs.