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Don't expect many similarities between Cinderella's gorgeous blue ball gown and Belle's iconic yellow one.

Cinderella already received the live-action treatment starring Lily James as the titular princess, so fans have seen the jaw-dropping dress in which Cinderella enters the palace. Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast, however, won't hit theaters until March 2017, but fans got their first real glimpses at Belle and her gown Wednesday.

While both princess' dresses are beautiful in their own ways, they couldn't be more different according to each costume designer.

Famous costume designer Sandy Powell created James' onscreen gown and once told Vanity Fair that it was subconsciously inspired by the corset-style dress from the animated movie. "I wanted to make the gown look enormous," Powell told the magazine.

Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Beauty and the Beast

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"The gown had to look lovely when she dances and runs away from the ball. I wanted her to look like she was floating, like a watercolor painting."

As a result, Powell's team used more than 12 layers of fabric that included crepe-line silk, printed polyester and nylon in different shades of blue and turquoise, according to Vanity Fair. Underneath those layers, James wore a corset and petticoat. Just imagine how much clothing would be on you!

Emma Watson's Belle, however, will be wearing a very different type of wardrobe. Watson told EW that her version of Belle was an "active princess," so she didn't want an impractical ensemble, including the gown. 

"For Emma, it was important that the dress was light and that it had a lot of movement," Beauty and the Beast costume designer Jacqueline Durran shared. "In Emma's reinterpretation, Belle is an active princess. She did not want a dress that was corseted or that would impede her in any way."

Bascially, it's nothing like Cinderella's gown. As for the hue of Belle's famous ball gown, Durran said there were plenty of options. "We tested a lot of yellows. It was just trying to work out the tone," Durran added. "It's still made of silk, but it has a satin finish, so it's less transparent than other organza."

We'd be happy wearing either one of these gowns! Which do you prefer? Sound off in the comments.

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