Cinderella’s story has always had a big influence on girls: during our childhood most of us loved this character, a beautiful girl saved from her mean stepmother by the Prince Charming.
Let’s ignore the fact that this story has encouraged the “Prince Charming Syndrome” that until now has just led us to tears and broken hearts. When we were children and unconscious of the threats of this “syndrome” we just loved her. I still remember my heart-shaped eyes stuck to the tv screen, watching the little mice Gas Gas and Giac sueing her dress for the Royal Ball, the cat Lucifero, the Fairy Godmother and her magic wound, the shiny dresses, the pumpkin turning into a beautiful coach and last but not least: the glass slipper she loses at midnight.
Now, the famous glass slipper is no longer a childhood dream: it has turned into reality, created specifically for the movie that was released last week.
The film had its world premiere on February the 13th 2015, in the out of competition section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival and was released on March 13, 2015.
Produced for Walt Disney Pictures, the story is inspired by the fairy tale Cinderella by Charles Perrault (with some references from the Brothers Grimm’s version of the story). Although not a direct remake, it borrows many elements from Walt Disney’s 1950 animated musical film of the same name.
The film stars some famous characters like Cate Blanchett as the Wicked Stepmother, Helena Bonham Carter as The Fairy Godmother and Lily James (already seen in movies like “Wrath of the Titans” and “Downtown Abbey”) as Cinderella.
However, this time not only could I appreciate the romantic story, but also the beautiful clothes the characters worn: I felt in love with the dress the Fairy Godmother creates for Cinderella on the eve of the royal ball—a cerulean gown with a voluminous skirt composed of more than a dozen layers of gossamer-fine silk in different shades of pale blue, turquoise, and lavender. So beautiful that it was photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the December 2014 issue of Vogue.
Behind all this, there’s the famous costume designer Sandy Powell, who also created Cinderella’s signature slipper for the movie: made of crystal and designed in collaboration with Swarovski, it’s based upon a shoe from the 1890s that she found in a museum in Northampton.
Furthermore, to celebrate the new movie, Disney has teamed up with 11 famous shoe designers which have created a fairytale collection: from slingbacks to pumps, each shoe takes Cinderella’s iconic one into the modern world. The designers involved are Paul Andrew, Alexandre Birman, René Caovilla, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Nicholas Kirkwood, Charlotte Olympia, Jerome C. Rousseau, and Stuart Weitzman.
Here some sketches with the final result:
The shoes were put on display in a Cinderella Exhibit presented by Swarovski during the Berlin Film Festival where the new movie had its European premiere. They aren’t just for ogling but are also available for purchase in selected retail locations across the world including Harrods in London and Saks in New York, as well as in some of the retailer’s own brand stores.
Actually, two years ago another master in the shoe making presented his own reinterpreted Cinderella shoe: Christian Louboutin.
To draw a conclusion, now that I’ve grown up, Cinderella has given me another reason to love her. This time the Prince Charming is no longer the reason why my eyes were heart-shaped and stuck to the screen while watching the movie: this time the fault was in the beautiful garments and shoes she was wearing.
Maybe, this shift from the Prince to the shoes means that I’ve actually grown up.