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Cinderella: It’s Fun to Dress Bad


We all rave about Cinderella’s blue ball gown.  And it’s no wonder!  It seems to simply float!

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But I am also interested in the costumes the bad girls wear.

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Every gown the evil step-mother wears is green.  Is the costume designer trying to show us that she is jealous of Cinderella?


All her dresses are full of hard angles and make sharp shadows.

This reminds me of movie stars of the 1940’s.  Do you know these Hollywood beauties?  (The ANSWER is below)


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It turns out that is also what the director was going for!

ANSWER:  The Hollywood actresses pictured, from top left, are Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford again, Lauren Bacall, Rosalind Russell, and Ann Blyth.

How many did you get right?

Interview with Costume Designer Sandy Powell

Dress Old Hollywood Glamour Today

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