There’s already a buzz around the upcoming Cinderella movie as Disney fans can't wait to see the fairytale fashion come to life. Here's what you need to know about the costume design.
The Cinderella Movie and Fairytale Fashion
As the festive season approaches, the Frozen movie and its soundtrack is practically unavoidable. In its wake, Disney is returning to its romantic roots.
Next year sees the release of the live-action Cinderella movie, directed by Kenneth Branagh and promising a host of renowned actors.
The female-centric cast is already appealing to the new generation of audiences. The release of the trailer last week saw the video go viral within hours.
Like the blockbuster animated film before it, there’s an abundance of fairytale fashion to capture viewers’ imaginations. We take a look at some of the key pieces teased by the Cinderella trailer.
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Oscar and BAFTA winning British costume designer Sandy Powell (Shakespeare in Love and The Young Victoria) has been enlisted to create the iconic fantasy garments. Though, this story is also a rags to riches tale.
She spoke to Vogue about dressing Lily James of Downton Abbey fame who plays the title character. Sandy Powell said, “I didn’t want her in rags, as she is often portrayed in the storybooks.”
She added, “What I gave her instead is a dress that starts out pretty and ends up looking faded, tired, and worn out.”
The simple blue dress also reflects the colour scheme often used in animation. It’s both a shadow of the magical gown that is seen later and a reflection of her innocence.
Lady Tremaine and The Sisters
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Costume designer, Sandy Powell described the overall aesthetic as, “A nineteenth-century period film made in the 1940s or ’50s.” She also added, “The bad guy is always the most fun to dress.”
In the role of the antagonist is the wicked step-mother, Lady Tremaine who is played by Cate Blanchett. Her beauty is juxtaposed with the tyranny we expect of this cruel character.
She is often shrouded in green and black by extravagant yet constricting garments. These portray her self-indulgence and inflexible villainy.
The other obstacles to Cinderella's happiness are her step-sisters. Sandy Powell said, “They are meant to be totally ridiculous on the outside—a bit too much and overdone—and ugly on the inside.”
You can see this in both their makeup and ball-gowns which are in brash colours with too many embellishments. Again this demonstrates their gluttony and inner-corruption.
Fairy Godmother Costume
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Another British actress joins the fold as Helena Bonham Carter appears as the eccentric Fairy Godmother. She too goes through a transformation from aged woman to overblown opulence.
It’s as if she starts as a darker version of the illustrated fairy godmother or even akin to the old hag who tempts Snow White with an apple. Then she becomes a fay queen denoting Cinderella’s claim to power.
The white ball-gown and ruff of the neckline portray the Fairy Godmother as regal and beyond reproach. Yet, her whimsical nature, light-hearted attitude and wings make her both magical and a friend.
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Again the dream Cinderella ball-gown gives a hearty nod to Disney’s original 1950 film. The hue and shape are unmistakable. In reality, the details make the dress even more aspirational.
The layers of material, iridescent fabric and sparkles create those classic moments (twirling and descending stairs anyone?). Whereas, the addition of butterflies to the neckline nod to her amazing metamorphoses. Not to mention, that enviable waistline.
The film’s costuming then teamed up with Swarovski to create those glass slippers. The completed look is set to inspire another generation.
Now with over 11 million views, enjoy the Cinderella trailer that got everyone talking before the film’s release in March 2015.
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