HOW CINDERELLA WAS BROUGHT TO THE BIG SCREEN
There’s no shoe more famous than Cinderella’s glass slipper. We speak in the singular, of course, because it’s just the one that ends up at the center of a kingdom-wide, estrogen-fuelled frenzy. Sandy Powell, the costume designer behind Disney’s new live-action adaptation of Cinderella, had the troublesome task of attempting to temper the fairytale and the practical: “No one was even able to wear the slipper because crystal has no movement,” she says. “I soon realized that the only way we could even attempt to make a crystal shoe was with the help of Swarovski.”
After sifting through fashions of different periods, Powell eventually proposed to director Kenneth Branagh that the style should resemble a ’40s version of the 19th century. “We approached the film as one would approach a storybook or a picture book for children: very colorful and vivid with fairly easy references as to who is good and who is wicked,” she explains.
The lurid clothing worn by the ugly stepsisters always, as Powell puts it, “goes one step too far.” Read the full story behind the lavish costumes here.