I feel like I should italicise THE DRESS when I write about it- the Elie Saab creation is breathtaking. When Lily James (the actress who plays Cinderella) first put this dress on, she was terrified! “When I first put it on, I felt both empowered and scared,” she said. “How could I live up to this? Then I realized I could use that fear to show me how Cinderella would feel at that moment.” I imagine I’d feel pretty intimidated wearing this gown; the colour is officially described as cerulean (think The Devil Wears Prada), and the skirt has over a dozen layers different coloured silk. I read that over nine versions were made for the film- with each dress taking over 500 hours to make!
This is amazing!!! In one of the first scenes of the stepmother, Lady Tremaine, we see her walking her big black cat on a leash. This is the ULTIMATE symbol of a villain! In the 1950 Disney version of Cinderella his name is Lucifer and is treated like absolute royalty by Lady Tremaine. From the scenes I can see in the trailer, it looks like the cat will be receiving the same treatment! All I know is, if I were to become a villain, the first thing I’d be buying is a leash for my cat.
The glass slippers are actually made from Swarovski crystal- the reason being that glass doesn’t sparkle, and these shoes needed sparkle BIG TIME. Obviously crystal isn’t actually wearable, so the scenes you see when these are worn are digitally altered- but you’ll see the true Swarovski crystal shoes often! Speaking of Swarovski, they provided the film with over 700 million crystals...eeeep- heaven!
I LOVE this woman! I’ve loved her since I saw her incredible performance in Fight Club, and she never, ever ceases to amaze me with her brilliant acting. In the film, she first appears as an old woman, who then magically transforms into the glorious Fairy Godmother- wearing an incredible dress, obviously. I love her little doll face, and I’m on a mission to find out exactly what makeup was used to make her eyes appear so large- gorgeous! I can’t think of anyone else who could play this (slightly kooky but oh so benevolent) role like Helena does
Look, I couldn’t have a list of reasons to get excited about Cinderella without including Prince Charming- that would be crazy. Played by Richard Madden, I’m sure that many of you will recognise him from his Game of Thrones days- and I think he’s destined for a better ending than his character in THAT. Apparently the poor guy had such a hard time learning the complicated dance moves in Cinderella that he wasn’t allowed near THE DRESS until he had them down. Bless! Don’t even get me started on those baby blues..
Are you excited yet??! I thought I was at my limit of excitement, but writing about it all makes it even better! Cinderella will be in NZ cinemas from the 26th of March- check out the trailer, it is AMAZING!