In 2015, we’ll get another look at the story of Cinderella. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, with a screenplay by Chris Weitz, the film stars Lily James as Cinderella, Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine, and Richard Madden as Prince Charming. You’ll also see Hayley Atwell, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, Ben Chaplin, and Stellan Skarsgard.
The story is virtually the same. After her mother dies, Ella tries her best to “have courage and be kind”, as her mother told her to. But when her father dies, she’s left with her wicked stepmother and envious stepsisters. Ella is ostracized, made to do servant’s work, and earns the unfeeling nickname “Cinderella”, because she works in the cinders. She meets a charming man in the woods, unaware that he’s the Prince. When an invitation to a ball goes out to all the young maidens, Ella’s stepmother tears her dress, rendering her unable to attend. But with the help of a fairy godmother, things take a turn in Ella’s favor.
The story hasn’t changed much since the animated version, but the costumes certainly have! Academy Award-winning costume designer, Sandy Powell, is the fashion genius behind the vibrant blend of 1940s and 19th century style, which adds to the magical, fairytale-feel of the movie. From day to day dresses to extravagant formal wear, the costumes help convey each character’s personality, while simultaneously acting as irresistible eye candy.
With their too-fancy hairdos and overabundance of lace, the stepsisters are sickeningly sweet, while their horrible mother is every bit the villainess in her menacingly elegant green and black ensemble.
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Meanwhile, Ella’s Fairy Godmother shines as only Helena Bonham Carter can, in an enchanting sparkling white gown.
Prince Charming’s vivid green coat sets off the lush forest, and even his horse’s saddle blanket is fancier than anything we own.
The outfit that deserves the most attention is Cinderella’s fabulous, iconic blue ball gown, and Powell’s creation does not disappoint. The luminous dress is as beautiful as Ella herself, with a fitted bodice, flowing skirt, and whimsical butterflies nestled in the sleeves.
We can’t wait to check out these costumes in their proper glory when Disney’s Cinderella hits theaters March 13th. Until then, we’ll be here, gawking at these alluring snapshots.
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