This year saw the release of the much anticipated Cinderella movie and all of us at The Attic have not only fallen in love with the movie but of course the amazing dresses! Our two favourite have to be the Ball Gown and the Wedding Gown (spoiler alert: she marries Prince Charming!)
Directed by Kenneth Branagh this movie stars Lily James (Downtown Abby) as Cinderella, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as Prince Charming and Cate Blanchett as the Evil Stepmother. However the most important person we are looking at is three time Oscar winning, English Costume Designer Sandy Powell who is also known for her work on The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street and Shutter Island.
Powell took a very different approach for the two dresses, with the ball gown she wanted to have Cinderella float into the ballroom. Her flowing dress gave the impression of weightlessness which she created with more than a dozen fine layers of fabric such as crêpe line silk, printed polyester and iridescent nylon all in different shades of blue and turquoise. Lily James wore a corset and a petticoat underneath the dress and there were nine versions of the dress created.
For the wedding gown she took a different approach, creating a simpler dress inspired by the 19th Century and the 1950’s. Powell said in a recent interview that the costume designer helps to create a character. “Cinderella wins the princes heart through her goodness so I wanted to show this through her clothes. I wanted her to stay modest and pure even though she was going to be part of royalty”. Powell said “I wanted the whole effect to be ephemeral and fine, so we went with an extreme-lined shape bodice with a long train.”
Beige in colour with long sleeves the dress is made from silk organza which took the seamstresses one month to cut and sew together, it was then handed over to artists who hand painted on each of the flowers. Over all the dress took 550 hours and 16 people to create.
With regards to the “glass” slippers, these 5 inch heels were actually made from Swarovski Crystal due to the fact that glass doesn’t sparkle, crystal does. A total of 8 pairs where made but none of these were worn by Lily James herself because of the lack of movement in crystal. It was the genius of the visual effects team which made the glass slippers in the movie. Powell drew inspiration for the glass slippers from shoes that she saw in a museum in England dating back to 1890.
Looking for inspiration for your own Fairy Tale Wedding? Look no further than Cinderella’s own haven in The Attic! Here is a fabulous dress by South African designer Elbeth Gillis fit for a Princess which is featured in Hermitage Green’s latest video “Jenny”
Here is the lovely Limerick Rose Rachael O'Neill looking stunning in a custom made dress by Orlaith. The bodice of the dress is a Cinderella blue and ivory brocade with a sweetheart neckline and a gathered tulle ballgown skirt with the peplum giving a modern take on the Cinderella look. Can't find the dress of your dreams? Well how about a bespoke gown designed and made by our very own Fairy God Mother Orlaith in The Attic studio.