Disney is once again bringing a classic to the screen. Cinderella is getting a live-action adaptation. The movie hits the big screen this weekend. One of the things I’m really excited about for this film, is the visual feast. The colors, the costumes, there are definitely a lot of incredible details that went into the making of this film.
Check out this behind the scenes video with the costume designer of Cinderella, Sandy Powell, where she talks about her inspiration for the costumes in the upcoming live-action movie:
Sandy took inspiration from 19th century fashion, the Victorian fashions, for her designs.
The beautiful Cinderella movie poster really shows off that shape and style of the iconic blue dress. Look at that corset and the soft flowing layers of the skirt! Now that’s a seriously awesome dress.
You can see the hints of Victorian inspiration in the other dresses from the ball. The silhouettes are beautiful. Learn more about the Victorian style and how to draw your own Cinderella-inspired dress below with the instruction from Fantasy Fashion Art Studio.
The Victorian silhouette is unmistakable. A woman’s natural silhouette was changed with the help of padding, corsets and bustles into the fashionable figure of the time. Costumes were profusely trimmed with fringes, ribbons, braids, beads and furs, and were quite heavy.
The color possibilities became endless with new synthetic dyes created in 1856, which could produce bright purple, magenta, blue or yellow. While men wore mostly somber colors, women had a wider range.
Since the ornateness of Victorian dress can look stiff, it’s best to take inspiration from one aspect for your own interpretation. A bustle or corset can be combined with shorter skirts or the ornate trims of the period used for decoration.
Previous to the Victorian era, corsets were cone-shaped and used bone or wood for the form. Steel began to be used in the nineteenth century with more exaggerated shaping. The corset became longer and extended over the hips. Steel bones were encased in stitched channels. Study where these are placed, but drawing just a few creates the right look.
The icon of the Victorian fashion went in and out of style during the second half of the nineteenth century. A bustle consisted of a series of hoops attached at the back, which, when worn under a skirt, filled out the form of the skirt. Skirts and trains of gathered fabric were worn over the bustle. Create a bustle look without bulk by drawing skirts gathered up toward the back.
She wore a formal ball gown with a low neckline and long bustled train, decorated with large bows. The front had two layers trimmed with lace and flowers over a pleated skirt. Gloves and fans were indispensable accessories for evening wear. Light colors were considered proper for evening attire.
Asymmetry became fashionable in the 1880s as the silhouette became straighter. 1890s style was simpler in decoration with no bustle and featured large ballooned sleeves and hair.
Victorian hairstyles included lots of curls and braids twisted and piled high. Hair extensions and braids were pinned into natural hair. Popular styles included a curled hairstyle decorated with flowers, a small lace cap tied at the chin and the Gibson Girl bouffant style of the 1890s.
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