There is an obsession with reworking fairytales in Hollywood of late, for example Alice in Wonderland in 2010, Maleficent in 2014, and Into the Woods (which was terrible by the way). This year saw the release of Cinderella in March. The amazing thing is that people, including myself, are watching movies with stories they already know like the back of their hand.
The thing that pulls me in and made me really want to watch it, is the cast and the fashion. In all of the reworked movies there are big names; Alice in Wonderland has Johnny Depp, Maleficent has Angelina Jolie, and Into the Woods has Meryl Streep. The draw card for this version of Cinderella was Cate Blanchett. Even though CB, the wicked stepmother, isn’t the main character she was the star of the movie for me. She had a presence that was undeniably threatening, right from the beginning. The first scene (that she’s in) where she steps out of the carriage and walks into the house with her cat Lucifer we see first her ornate black boot with shiny green embroidery, then her full skirts, then her back as she ascends the stairs into the front entrance of the house. Even once she is in the house we don’t see her face which is masked by a huge black hat. The moment when she turns and the hat angles change to reveal her face (which only breaks into smile later) is amazing and immediately I had the feeling I couldn’t trust her.
|I got these images straight from the trailer.|
The fashion throughout the film is amazing. First of all, obviously, is the famous blue dress Cinderella wears to the ball (which is the cover shot for the movie). Not to be mentioned less though is the dress that Cinderella wears for her wedding, which I actually prefer. The ball dress is too strong a blue for my taste. The wedding dress is beautiful with coloured flower embroidery; I just love a not-fully-conventional wedding dress.
The movie garnered such fashion buzz that Harper’s Bazaar AU hosted a premiere party at which Australian fashion illustrator Megan Hess created a collection of original Cinderella-inspired artworks.
|Image from Megan Hess' instagram.|
This video explains more about Megan Hess’ partnership with Disney and a fashion discussion of it with editor of Harper’s Bazaar AU Kelly Hush:
The formidable Cate Blanchett and couture gowns: what more could you want from a film?