Before the prince becomes the Beast, he’s visited by potential brides in the ballroom. “It’s basically an international debutante ball,” says director Bill Condon.
The design is based on the ornate ceiling of a Benedictine monastery in Bavaria called Braunau in Rohr Abbey. One major new addition? “In the middle of it, there’s a monogram,” says production designer Sarah Greenwood. “It’s a ‘WD’ — as in ‘Walt Disney.'”
The Ballroom Floor Design
“When the magical aspects of the house decide they want to help make this love affair work, the ballroom comes to life,” Condon says.
“There are no right angles,” says Condon. “It’s almost like the house is starting to melt. There is a real Gaudí-esque aspect to it.”
A jigsaw of frozen-looking latex pieces were laid on the floor. Icicles crafted from hardened resins were applied by a team of people from the film’s landscaping department. “We called them ‘frosties,’ ” says Greenwood.
Women of Beauty
Casting director Lucy Bevan, set decorator Katie Spencer, costume designer Jacqueline Durran, makeup and hair designer Jenny Shircore, film editor Virginia Katz, and production designer Sarah Greenwood.