Twenty two costumes from Disney’s live action Cinderella are to go on display in London’s Leicester Square Gardens later this month.
Filmed in the UK, the film features costumes from renowned British designer Sandy Powell, winner of both BAFTA and Oscar awards, and is directed by BAFTA winner Kenneth Branagh.
At the heart of the exhibition will be Cinderella’s iconic slipper which was designed by Powell in collaboration with crystal house Swarovski who provided the film with over 1.7 million crystals and is sponsoring the exhibition.
The slipper and costumes will be displayed on recreated sets from the film and will be on display from Saturday 21st March to Friday 10th April. Admission is free, but the event will be ticketed.
“I’m looking forward to people being able to see the behind the scenes magic that went into the creation of Cinderella, ” says Branagh of the exhibit.
“Sandy Powell has allowed unlimited access to her creative process from the initial sketches to the final creations, including the most iconic costume of all – Cinderella’s incredibly beautiful blue ball gown.”
Cate Blanchett, who plays Cinderella’s stepmother, added: “You can see the detail and the work and the colour and the wit and whimsy that have gone into Sandy’s costumes – it’ll be a real treat for people.”
Nadja Swarovski says “We are very excited to bring the magic of Sandy Powell’s Cinderella costume designs, including the famous slipper in solid Swarovski crystal, to her home city of London.
“Sandy’s artistry and impeccable eye for detail always results in the most memorable costumes.”
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to take home a special brochure in return for a donation which will go to MediCinema, a UK charity which works to give hospital patients access to the latest big screen films.
Kat Mason, CEO of MediCinema says “You only have to witness the looks on our patients’ faces as they walk through the doors of a MediCinema to understand the true value of escapism, and return to normality for people who are unwell in a place of care.
“For just two short hours we transport them from the hospital and their illness into the magic of cinema and film – the results are extraordinary. We are so grateful to Disney and Swarovski, without whom this just wouldn’t be possible.”
For more info: www.disney.co.uk/cinderellaexhibition.