ANATOMY OF A DRESS

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A dream is a wish your heart makes... and if you al­ways wanted a live-ac­tion Cin­derella star­ring Downton Abbey’s Lily James and

Game of Thrones dream­boat Richard Mad­den, well, you wished upon the right star. The film bursts with old-school Dis­ney magic and up­dated stun­ning visual ef­fects. Best of all, it stars He­lena Bon­ham Carter (who we al­ways as­sumed was our fairy god­mother any­way). Os­car-win­ning cos­tume de­signer Sandy Pow­ell, who brought her megawatt tal­ent to the wardrobe, de­scribes the over­all look as “1940s does 19th cen­tury.” And while Cate Blanchett wears some stun­ners as the evil step­mother, there’s just one dress you need to see: the ball gown Cin­derella wears to meet the prince. “It was so in­tim­i­dat­ing!” says Pow­ell. “I wanted the fab­ric to waft and drift be­cause this dress gets a lot of move­ment.” The fin­ish­ing touch was the but­ter­fly mo­tif: “Be­cause Cin­derella is at one with na­ture, but­ter­flies land on her dress and be­come part of the trans­for­ma­tion.”

Cin­derella is in the­atres March 13.

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