Christopher Kane Creates Capsule Collection Inspired By Disney’s Beauty And The Beast

To celebrate the worldwide release of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in March 2017, British luxury fashion brand Christopher Kane has created a limited edition capsule collection of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear pieces and accessories.

Having watched Disney’s timeless tale ‘Beauty and the Beast’ from a young age, Christopher Kane wanted to create a modern day interpretation and wardrobe for the strong, heroic female character. The collection, inspired by the film’s characters and aesthetic, will launch in stores and online March 16th, offering an elegant and modern representation of such a beloved and classic story.

The collection’s colour palette was inspired by the film’s setting and mood, with shades of gold and fairy blue, taken from the Beast’s castle interiors, and the bold red of the enchanted rose.

The rose, a vital element from the film, was a key inspiration to the collection and was developed into a photographic organza applique on tulle, an all over lace dress, beautiful embroidery, printed onto t-shirts, as well as the brand’s signature lenticular clutch bag.

The Rose printed t-shirts, sweatshirts and dress have been illustrated following the rose that appears in the film and screen printed with a great attention to detail, surrounding the rose with a glow and adding Swarovski crystals, reminding us of its enchantment.

A world first collaboration

For the first time, Disney and Christopher Kane have collaborated with sustainable brand consultancy Eco-Age. Eco-Age’s collaborations are intended to illustrate that the marriage of ethics and aesthetics is possible and that brands can, by evaluating their supply chains and choices of materials, tell truly beautiful stories through their creations. Given Disney’s strong commitment to transparency, ethical sourcing, using resources wisely and protecting the planet, Eco-Age’s Green Carpet Challenge (GCC) program was a good fit.

The collection has been validated under the GCC Principles of Sustainable Excellence and celebrates artisanship and handcrafting, with two pieces achieving the GCC Brandmark – the organic cotton Photographic Rose t-shirt, and the Swiss Rose Lace dress.

The all over rose lace dress was manufactured in Italy, crafted from custom designed certified Swiss lace, created by one of Europe’s leading guipure embroidery factories. The dress includes a certified organic silk satin panel and Italian produced luxury tulle. The Photographic Rose t-shirt has been made in Italy from certified organic cotton, and embellished with crystals from Swarovski, who Christopher Kane has worked with for 10 years, building a strong partnership as the brand has developed. The Swarovski crystal embellishments have been used throughout the Photographic Rose jersey story.

To interpret the film’s Baroque setting, Christopher Kane selected a blue Gainsborough silk used in a coat, bag and shoes. Gainsborough Silks was awarded the Royal Warrant in 1980, producing fabrics for Royal palaces, state buildings and grand residences the world over, and its tradition of creating fabrics of enduring quality carries on today, where the fabric is woven on traditional looms.

Bow and rose tea set jewellery, made from Christopher Kane’s original artwork and produced in plated nicked with individual hand painted details, offer a nod to some of the film’s most iconic characters.

The capsule’s unisex proposal comes in the shape of a classic hoodie, jogger, sweatshirt and printed tee-shirt, where the iconic character of the Beast, his face and fur, are brought to life in a grayscale photographic woven jacquard technique.

The Christopher Kane capsule will be available from March 16th, alongside the film’s global release, in the brand’s flagship store on London’s Mount Street and its e-commerce site ( as well as with select International retail partners including Selfridges, The Webster (Miami and Costa Mesa), Shinsegae, Isetan, Joyce (Hong Kong), Breuninger, and Banner

The collection can be viewed and ordered (unfortunately no stockists in South Africa) at

‘’I have loved Disney since my childhood and all of the classics, of which Beauty and the Beast is one. It is such a great theme and story, with very iconic characters and a strong female voice. Looking back at past seasons, our archive was rich with elements that support Beauty and the Beast themes, and we were very much inspired by the film’s setting and mood ‘’ – Christopher Kane

Read the SAMDB review of Beauty and the Beast.


Beauty And The Beast Soundtrack

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast original motion picture soundtrack is out now from the Universal Music Catalogue, with brand new recordings by Ariana Grande and John Legend, Celine Dion, and Josh Groban.

Available wherever music is sold and streamed, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album features an unforgettable score from eight-time Oscar® winning composer Alan Menken along with new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and two-time Academy Award® winner Howard Ashman. Also included are three new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. The album is released through Universal Music Catalogue.

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in Disney’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. Directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos based on the 1991 animated film, Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Audra McDonald with Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. Beauty and the Beast opens in UK cinemas on March 17th.
The soundtrack also features three brand new recordings including the duet Beauty and the Beast by GRAMMY® nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time GRAMMY, Oscar®-winning and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/ musician John Legend. The iconic song originally recorded by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, features Alan Menken’s haunting melody and Howard Ashman’s memorable lyrics, and, upon its release in 1991, went on to receive an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and GRAMMY Award.

In addition, five-time GRAMMY winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion performs How Does A Moment Last Forever and multi-platinum international recording artist and songwriter Josh Groban performed the third track, Evermore.

The Beauty and the Beast Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features 19 tracks and is available wherever music is sold and streamed The two disc deluxe edition and the digital deluxe edition soundtrack, feature additional tracks including score, demos and outtakes.

    Track list:

  1. Overture Alan Menken
  2. Main Title: Prologue Pt. 1 Alan Menken
  3. Aria Audra McDonald
  4. Main Title: Prologue Pt. 2 Alan Menken
  5. Belle – Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Ensemble Beauty and the Beast
  6. How Does A Moment Last Forever (Music Box) – Kevin Kline
  7. Belle (Reprise) Emma Watson
  8. Gaston – Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Ensemble, Beauty and the Beast
  9. Be Our Guest – Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
  10. Days In The Sun – Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Adam Mitchell, Stanley Tucci, Clive Rowe, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen
  11. Something There – Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Dan Stevens, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nathan Mack
  12. How Does A Moment Last Forever (Montmartre) Emma Watson
  13. Beauty and the Beast Emma Thompson
  14. Evermore Dan Stevens
  15. The Mob Song – Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Luke Evans, Ensemble – Beauty and the Beast, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Mack
  16. Beauty and the Beast (Finale) – Emma Thompson, Audra McDonald, Ensemble – Beauty and the Beast
  17. How Does A Moment Last Forever Celine Dion
  18. Beauty and the Beast John Legend, Ariana Grande
  19. Evermore Josh Groban
    Deluxe disc:

  1. Aria (Demo Version) Alan Menken
  2. How Does A Moment Last Forever (Music Box) (Demo Version) Alan Menken
  3. Days In The Sun (Demo) Alan Menken
  4. How Does A Moment Last Forever (Montmartre) Alan Menken
  5. Evermore (Demo) Alan Menken
    Score disc:

  1. Main Title: Prologue Alan Menken
  2. Belle Meets Gaston Alan Menken
  3. Your Mother Alan Menken
  4. The Laverie Alan Menken
  5. Wolf Chase Alan Menken
  6. Entering the Castle Alan Menken
  7. A White Rose Alan Menken
  8. The Beast Alan Menken
  9. Meet the Staff Alan Menken
  10. Home Alan Menken
  11. Madame De Garderobe Alan Menken
  12. There’s a Beast Alan Menken
  13. A Petal Drops Alan Menken
  14. A Bracing Cup of Tea Alan Menken
  15. The West Wing Alan Menken
  16. Wolves Attack Belle Alan Menken
  17. The Library Alan Menken
  18. Colonnade Chat Alan Menken
  19. The Plague Alan Menken
  20. Maurice Accuses Gaston Alan Menken
  21. Beast Takes a Bath Alan Menken
  22. The Dress Alan Menken
  23. You Must Go to Him Alan Menken
  24. Belle Stops the Wagon Alan Menken
  25. Castle Under Attack Alan Menken
  26. Turret Pursuit Alan Menken
  27. You Came Back Alan Menken
  28. Transformations Alan Menken

Read the SAMDB review of Beauty and the Beast.


The Lion King Musical

The 25th Global Production And First International Tour Of Disney’s The Lion King To Premier In Manila March 2018

The tour will include Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and South Africa.

Michael Cassel Group in association with Disney Theatrical Productions announces the first international tour of the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s THE LION KING, to premiere in Manila in March 2018 with additional engagements in Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and South Africa.

The international tour, which will be performed in English, will launch in celebration of THE LION KING’s 20th anniversary on stage and the title’s 25th global production.

“We’re proud to partner with our long-time friend Michael Cassel to bring the world renowned stage production of THE LION KING to these vibrant cities,” said Thomas Schumacher President & Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. “Julie Taymor and her extraordinary creative team have realized a production of enormous scale, beauty and heart. I cannot wait for new audiences to join us in the Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and South Africa, the show’s creative birthplace.”

The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor said “It is wonderful that these countries in Asia will be able to experience this new South African cast of THE LION KING. They’re in for a tremendous treat as the soul of this music will come through these extraordinary performers. Asia is a big part of my life, having spent four years in Indonesia and travelled throughout many countries in the region. It is thrilling to bring this production back to a part of the world that has been a major inspiration in my life.”
Speaking ahead of auditions to be held in South Africa, Lebo M, who provided additional music, lyrics, vocal score and arrangements to THE LION KING, commented “This international tour will provide the opportunity for audiences around the world to witness this incredible production, featuring South Africa’s greatest talents.”

The first round of auditions for the international tour will commence in South Africa in March 2017.

Further announcements regarding theatres and dates will be made over the coming months, with tickets for the international tour’s premiere in Manila to go on-sale in October 2017, ahead of its opening in March 2018.

Join the waitlist today for tickets and further information at:

  • Philippines – Opens March 2018
  • Singapore – Opens June 2018
  • South Korea – Opens October 2018
  • Taiwan – Opens 2019
  • South Africa – Opens 2020

About The Lion King

In its 20th year, THE LION KING continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years. Translated into eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; Mexico City; Shanghai; Scheveningen and on tour across North America, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played over 100 cities in 19 countries on every continent except Antarctica, THE LION KING’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.

THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony® Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical. THE LION KING has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.

The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success. The first woman to win a Tony Award® for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has in recent years supervised new productions of the show around the world.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.”

The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay. Other members of the creative team include: Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), Anthony Lyn (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer.