When I was a young lass, I loved me some Disney movies. But it was mostly because I loved the evil villainess or the glamorous princess or heroine. Now that I'm all grown up, I have not been disappointed with the live action movies of Disney. While 101 Dalmatians was mediocre at best, Glen Close was the prefect Cruella Deville. Years later came probably the best cast yet, with my favorite actress, Angelina Jolie cast as my favorite villain Maleficent. And there could have no better cast then that. It looked as if the cartoon version came to life perfectly. Now it appears I'm getting excited again with the forth coming Cinderella.....but mostly because of Lady Tremaine, who will be played by the talented Cate Blanchet. And she looks incredible!!!!!! If the Mistress were a woman......
Cinderella looks tantalizing, and from the few glimpses I have seen promises to be a visually gorgeous film. The costumes, designed by three time Academy Award winner Sandy Powell, appear to be absolutely stunning. Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, played by another favorite actress of mine, Helena Bonham-Carter,is more glamorous than her animated counterpart. She is decked out in a fantastical 18th century style gown with a wide ruff made from layers of filmy ice-blue fabric. But the real star of the movie has to be the evil Stepmother, Lady Tremaine, played by Cate Blanchet.
We first see her stepping from her carriage with a cat on a leash!
Dressed in a formfitting gold lamé bodice with black florals, a full black skirt decorated with an eighteenth-century style floral pattern in a sickly shade of green-yellow, and an exaggerated bonnet that takes inspiration from both the 1830s and the 1950s. The extremely fashionable and heightened silhouette screams power, while the black and yellow color palette brings to mind a bee, poised to sting its prey. We also briefly see her in a leopard print, another reference to a dangerous beast of the wild. The outfit is reminiscent of the Marquise de Merteuil’s black and yellow travelling outfit from 1989’s Dangerous Liaisons, a fitting comparison as the Marquise is another scheming and manipulative character.
Lady Tremaine’s other outfits are no less fierce. Her green ensembles take inspiration from mid-20th century fashion designer Charles James’ ‘Butterfly’ dress. James’ gowns are known for their extremely sculptural quality and many have a rigid architecture supporting the layers of luxury fabric. This tight, structured, and sometimes harsh aesthetic is perfectly suited to the character of the evil Stepmother. And in contrast to the airy costumes of Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother, Lady Tremaine’s gowns are made of heavy satins and taffetas in oversaturated shades of green, yellow, and red, invoking themes of poison and danger.It also looks as if Cate really got into the part. Could this be yet another good cast?
By the evil look if her eyes and that smug smirk, I'd say so!!