Sunday, March 22, 2015

Cate Blanchett's Lady Tremaine Stepmother and Stepsister costumes from Cinderella...

In Disney's live-action version of the classic rags-to-riches fairytale, Cate Blanchett is perfection as a deliciously scheming epitome of a Disney villain as Cinderella's Stepmother, the 'Lady Tremaine', flanked by her dumb and ugly-on-the-inside daughters, played by Downton Abbey's Sophie McShera and The Borgias' Holliday Grainger in true Tweedledum and Tweedledee fashion.

Original Cinderella Stepmother and Stepsisters movie costume exhibit
These extravagant and gaudy dresses worn by the mother and daughter trio were photographed on display at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on March 17, 2015, alongside other fabulous costumes and props from the romantic fantasy movie.

If you like these three gowns worn by Cinderella's step-family to the Palace Ball, designed by Academy Award-winner Sandy Powell, then you'll also love Cinderella's beautiful ball gown worn by Lily James and Helena Bonham Carter's Fairy Godmother costume from Cinderella too.

Cinderella movie poster
Cinderella Wicked Stepmother movie poster
Some time after the death of Ella's mother, her father decides to try for some happiness with another woman and chooses the recently widowed 'Lady Tremaine' to be his new wife.

When her merchant father dies, Ella is left in the care of her Stepmother and her two daughters who all treat her abysmally, like a common servant girl, and even give her the name 'Cinderella' as her face is one day covered in ash from laying by the kitchen fireplace to keep warm after being exiled to the cold attic.

Original ball gown worn by Cate Blanchett 
as Cinderella's Stepmother Lady Tremaine
Cate Blanchett Lady Tremaine Cinderella Stepmother ball gown
Lady Tremaine Cinderella Stepmother ball gown
Cinderella Stepmother green ball gown
Cinderella Stepmother green dress
Lady Tremaine Cinderella Stepmother green ball gown
Lady Tremaine Cinderella Stepmother costume
Cinderella Stepmother film costume
Cinderella Stepmother green ball gown
When Lady Tremaine hears that the Prince has invited every maiden in the land to the Royal Ball she rushes to secure the services of a local seamstress to make three new exquisite garments for her and her daughters to try and catch the eye and win the hand of the Prince.

It's a shame that these gowns don't also have the jewelry displayed with them as they really complete the outfits, although it's ironic that Cinderella's Stepmother chooses a green dress, symbolising her envious and greedy personality.

My favourite outfit she wears in the movie though is her 'arrival costume', which features that amazing hat, as shown in the promotional poster above and helps evokes that classic villain imagery.

If you're a fan of the actress, be sure to check out this royal gown worn by Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age and this Lady Marion Loxley Medieval costume from Robin Hood on display.

Original ball gown worn by Holliday Grainger 
as Cinderella's Stepsister Anastasia
Holliday Grainger Cinderella Stepsister Anastasia ball gown
Cinderella Stepsister Anastasia ball gown detail
Stepsister Anastasia ball gown Cinderella
Whereas Cinderella's ball gown is simple and elegant, her evil Stepsisters floral dresses are much more fussy and they actually remind me of Dale Chihuly glasswork sculptures.

Original ball gown worn by Sophie McShera 
as Cinderella's Stepsister Drisella
Sophie McShera Cinderella Stepsister Drisella ball gown
Cinderella Stepsister Drisella ball gown
Sophie McShera Cinderella Stepsister Drisella dress
Disney Cinderella Stepsister Drisella movie costume
Cinderella Stepsister Drisella ball gown
Be sure to compare these colourful gowns to the costumes worn by the Stepmother and Stepsisters in Disney's Into the Woods musical, designed by Colleen Atwood.

Cinderella movie poster
Cinderella movie poster
Go further behind-the-scenes with these books: Cinderella: A Night at the Ball
A Wish Your Heart Makes: From the Grimm Brothers' Aschenputtel to Disney's Cinderella (Disney Editions Deluxe (Film))

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