Cinderella Review

I went to see the new Cinderella movie with a friend last week and absolutely loved it. It was sweet and innocent and just all around lovely. My only issue? Not enough Helena Bonham-Carter (she’s been a long time favorite of mine). But the real stand out here was the set and costume design, both of which were absolutely magnificent. It was a glorious riot of Rococo, Victoriana, and 1940’s influences that, at times, had me paying more attention to what people were wearing and where they were standing than what they were actually talking about. So rather than talking about the movie, I’ll just show you.

The young Cinderella and her mother.

The young Ella and her mother.

Cinderella's daily wear- nicer than most of my good clothes.

Cinderella’s daily wear- nicer than most of my good clothes.

Cate Blanchett as the stepmother and the two stepsisters. I liked that the stepsisters weren't physically ugly, they just had pretty ugly personalities.

Cate Blanchett as the stepmother and the two stepsisters. I liked that the stepsisters weren’t physically ugly, they just had pretty ugly personalities.

I loved the rather lurid pinks and yellows that the stepsisters were dressed in. They always matched exactly and they always wore their color. And the dresses were beautiful, just maybe not in a color I would ever wear.

I loved the rather lurid pinks and yellows that the stepsisters were dressed in. They always matched exactly and they always wore their color. And the dresses were beautiful, just maybe not in a color I would ever wear.

Prince Kit, also known as King in the North. I like him better scruffy but he makes a good, clean cut Disney Prince. Most of his costumes were military style, but they were still ornate with beautiful details like the design seen on this hunting coat.

Prince Kit, also known as King in the North. I like him better scruffy but he makes a good, clean cut Disney Prince. Most of his costumes were military style, but they still had ornate and beautiful details like the design seen on this hunting coat.

Helena Bonham-Carter looking absolutely luminous as the fairy godmother. At times I found her even prettier than Cinderella (but that could just be my own personal bias...).

Helena Bonham-Carter looking absolutely luminous as the fairy godmother. At times I found her even prettier than Cinderella (but that could just be my own personal bias…).

The step family at the ball. There was always so. much. going on with the sisters' gowns.

The step family at the ball. There was always so. much. going on with the sisters’ gowns.

Cinderella's marvel of a ball gown. I wanted to touch it so badly. All those petticoats! The shimmeriness! The tulle! The twirliness! I can't get enough of it!

Cinderella’s marvel of a ball gown. I wanted to touch it so badly. All those petticoats! The shimmeriness! The tulle! The twirliness! I can’t get enough of it!

I'm not normally a huge fan of wedding dresses but this one was pretty nice. Surprisingly subdued, but look at the embroidery on it! Lovely.

I’m not normally a huge fan of wedding dresses but this one was pretty nice. Surprisingly subdued, but look at the embroidery on it! Lovely.

Has anyone else seen this version yet? What did you think of it?

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A Fairy Tale Wardrobe

I love the show Once Upon A Time. I love the stories they tell and the characters they’ve created and I particularly love the crazy way they have connected the core group of characters. Imagine being the genealogist for that family! My head hurts just thinking about it.

I also love the costumes they have on the show. Like Game of Thrones (albeit on a smaller scale), they manage to create beautiful costumes for the characters both in our world and theirs. I recently came across a photo album for some of the best costumes from the show and here are some of the highlights:

Prince Charming

Prince Charming

Captain Hook

Captain Hook

Regina

Regina

Mulan

Mulan

Tiny

Tiny

You can see the whole gallery here.

Some of my favorite costumes didn’t make the gallery (or at least not clearly).

I love Belle’s main blue dress.

Belle

Belle

And pretty much anything on Snow White. Especially this cloak:

Snow White

Snow White

And this dressing gown (finding a good picture seems impossible so enjoy this short clip!):

I will say they love their leather on this show and lots of prominent, um, bosoms. But the fairy tale costumes are lovely and even the modern day costumes make me wish I could ask for some advice from the costumers!

Game of Thrones Embroidery

Like most of the world, I’m a fan of Game of Thrones, both the books and the impressive adaptation on HBO. I’m also a huge fan of costumes and briefly flirted with the idea of studying costume design in college. I believe that I once read a quote from a costume designer that the best costumes go unnoticed because they fit the character so well you don’t notice what they are wearing. While designers and others involved in tv/movie productions might not want costumes to be the most notable part of a show, sometimes they deserve a closer look.

Take, for example, the costumes in HBO’s Game of Thrones. As the costume designer, Michele Clapton decided to hire Michele Carragher to embroider many of the costumes, including some for the prominent ladies like Sansa, Cersei, and Daenerys. It’s a shame that this beautiful embroidery is never seen in detail on the show but here are a few examples of her work to drool over.

A collar for Catelyn Stark. Notice the Tully fish.

A collar for Catelyn Stark. Notice the Tully fish.

A gown for Cersei.

A gown for Cersei.

Detail from the above gown.

Detail from the above gown.

Another closeup from one of Cersei's gowns.

Another closeup from one of Cersei’s gowns.

A shirt for Daenerys.

A shirt for Daenerys.

Detail from above shirt.

Detail from above shirt.

A dress for Sansa.

A dress for Sansa.

Sansa's wedding dress

Sansa’s wedding dress

Detail from Sansa'a wedding dress.

Detail from Sansa’a wedding dress.

Possibly the most amazing thing about this embroidery is the story it tells about the person wearing it, like the Tully fish on Catelyn’s collar and the wolf and fish on Sansa’s wedding dress.

Be sure to check out her full website here for lots more images from Game of Thrones as well as some of the story/ideas behind the embroidery.

Idea for this post from an article on Buzzfeed here.