DRESS RE­HEARSAL

THERE ARE 1,000 COS­TUMES IN MARY POP­PINS RE­TURNS . YOU’LL LOVE THEM ALL.

ELLE (Canada) - - Film -

“I re­mem­ber ev­ery sin­gle thing about Mary Pop­pins,” Academy Award-win­ning cos­tume de­signer Sandy Pow­ell tells us on the set of Mary Pop­pins Re­turns, in Shep­per­ton Stu­dios, out­side Lon­don, Eng­land. “I know all the songs, and I re­mem­ber all of the cos­tumes.” Which makes her, you know, prac­ti­cally per­fect for the role of de­sign­ing the 500 looks (an­other 500 were rented) for the se­quel. Mary Pop­pins Re­turns takes place in 1935, 25 years after the OG mu­si­cal was set, which meant Pow­ell got to play with dif­fer­ent hem­lines, dif­fer­ent sil­hou­ettes and, of course, shoes. “They’re the first thing you see when Mary ar­rives,” she says. Mary tech­ni­cally wears only two pairs dur­ing the flick, but Emily Blunt, who plays the no-non­sense nanny, had vari­a­tions of the same heels with dif­fer­ent heights, depend­ing on how much danc­ing was re­quired. The most daunt­ing look for Pow­ell? The first one—Mary knows how to make an en­trance. “This was what we were go­ing to re­mem­ber her for—that sil­hou­ette of her com­ing down with the um­brella,” says Pow­ell, who paid homage to Julie An­drews’ Mary Pop­pins with the same nipped-in-waist jacket, jaunty hat and a dou­ble cape that wouldn’t look out of place on a red car­pet. Speak­ing of which, we ex­pect to see Pow­ell on plenty of red car­pets come awards-show sea­son. And the Os­car goes to...

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