Wednesday, April 7, 2021

10 magical witch and sorceress screen-worn costumes on display...

After the year we've all had we could all use some extra magic in our lives (even if it's a little dark magic), so I thought I'd search through my costume archives for some spellbinding witch and sorceress screen-worn looks to entertain you all with.

Ravenna costume worn by Charlize Theron
in The Huntsman: Winter's War
Charlize Theron Huntsman Winters War Ravenna costume
In 2016's fairytale fantasy sequel and prequel, The Huntsman: Winter's War, Charlize Theron plays the evil sorceress 'Queen Ravenna' and worn this stunning golden garment designed by Colleen Atwood.

Make sure you also check out more elaborate costumes from The Huntsman: Winter's War on display at Downtown L.A.'s FIDM Museum & Galleries in February 2017.

Muriel costume worn by Famke Janssen
in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Famke Janssen Hansel Gretel Witch Hunters Muriel costume
In 2013's reimagined take on the Brothers Grimm fairytale Hansel & Gretel, rather than being lost children in the woods, the siblings were grown-up Witch Hunters.

In the action horror Famke Janssen played grand witch 'Muriel', ruler of a coven of dark witches, and wears this black leather and feathered costume designed by Marlene Stewart.

Make sure you also check out more witch costumes from Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters on display at ArcLight Sherman Oaks and ArcLight Hollywood cinemas in February 2013.

Queen Narissa costume worn by Susan Sarandon
in Enchanted
Susan Sarandon Enchanted Queen Narissa costume
In 2007's live-action fairytale musical comedy, Enchanted, the traditional fairytale princess story is turned on its head when Amy Adams 'Giselle' is magically transported from her animated world to real world New York City by the evil sorceress 'Queen Narissa'.

Mona May was Costume Designer on the Disney movie and be sure to also check out Susan Sarandon's Hag costume from Enchanted on display at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida in September 2010.

Winifred Sanderson costume worn by Bette Midler
in Hocus Pocus
Bette Midler Hocus Pocus Winifred Sanderson costume
1993's Hocus Pocus has become a beloved Disney classic and stars Bette Midler as one of three diabolical witches, the 'Sanderson Sisters' of 17th century Salem who return to wreak havoc in modern times.

Mary Vogt was Costume Designer on the supernatural comedy and his costume was photographed alongside Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker's costumes from Hocus Pocus at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, California in August 2019.

Witch costume worn by Meryl Streep
in Into the Woods
Meryl Streep Into the Woods Witch costume
In 2014 Stephen Sondheim's Broadway stage musical based on fairytales, Into the Woods, was adapted for the big screen by Disney. In the movie screen legend Meryl Streep played the 'Witch' and wore this creepy look designed by costumer extraordinaire, Colleen Atwood.

This black Witch costume was photographed at Disney's D23 Expo 2019, but you can also enjoy Meryl Streep's other blue Witch costume from Into the Woods.

Marique costume worn by Rose McGowan
in Conan the Barbarian
Rose McGowan Conan The Barbarian Marique costume
The legend of Conan the Barbarian was rebooted in 2011 with Jason Momoa replacing Arnold Schwarzenegger as the sword-wielding warrior. In the sword and sorcery film Rose McGowan played the daughter of an evil warlord and was a powerful witch named 'Marique'.

Wendy Partridge was Costume Designer on this movie and you can also check out more screen-worn costumes from Conan the Barbarian on display at ArcLight Hollywood in August 2011.

Maleficent costume worn by Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie Maleficent movie costume
2014 live-action reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale gave the winged dark fairy 'Maleficent' an original story with Angelina Jolie in the titular role.

This signature 'Christening Curse' costume evoking the 1959 Disney animated version was designed by Anna B. Sheppard.

This iconic costume was photographed on display at Disney's D23 Expo 2019, but you can also enjoy more Maleficent costumes on display including from the 2019 sequel.

Mizuki the Witch costume worn by Rinko Kikuchi
in 47 Ronin
Rinko Kikuchi 47 Ronin Witch costume
In 2013's late medieval Japanese fantasy, 47 Ronin, a band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.

In the film Rinko Kikuchi plays 'Muzuki' the witch who serves the shogun and wears this green costume designed by Penny Rose.

Wicked Witch costume worn by Mila Kunis
in Oz the Great and Powerful
Mila Kunis Oz Wicked Witch costume
In 2013's Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz the Great and Powerful, we discover the origin of the green-skinned, broomstick-riding 'Wicked Witch of the West' played by Mila Kunis.

Gary Jones was Costume Designer on the Disney movie and this wicked costume was photographed on display at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre in March 2013.

Fans of the film can also check out more costumes and props from Oz the Great and Powerful on display at other exhibitions.

Evil Queen worn by Lana Parrilla
in Once Upon a Time
Lana Parrilla Once Upon a Time Evil Queen costume
The tenth magical costume is worn by Lana Parrilla as the 'Evil Queen' in TV's fairytale drama, Once Upon a Time, which ran for seven enchanting seasons from 2011 to 2018.

Eduardo Castro was Series Costume Designer and this costume worn by the sorceress was photographed on display at the 2019 D23 Expo.

Be sure to check out more fairytale and fable-inspired character costumes from Once Upon a Time.

If only we could cast a spell and make this pandemic disappear in the wave of a magical wand, at least now that vaccinations are rolling out, we'll soon be able to get out and about again and there'll be new costume exhibits to enjoy at cinemas, museums, theme parks and conventions.