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Disney unveils major Cinderella costume exhibition

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 01:18

Cinderella's famous ball comes to London with a free exhibition of costumes by Oscar-winning designer Sandy Powell. Edward Baran reports.

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Disney has unveiled a spectacular free exhibition of costumes and props from their new Cinderella film in London. Movie goers in Leicester Square will be able to go to the ball in person straight after seeing the film, which stars Cate Blanchett and Downton Abbey's Lily James. The event is being staged in conjunction with Swarovski, who provided Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell with more than a million crystals for the film. SOUNDBITE, Sandy Powell, costume designer (English): "You know it's a fairy tale, it's predominantly women in the main characters which is great and unusual surprisingly so yes it was a fantastic opportunity to let your imagination run wild." Powell explained that to achieve the right effect on screen she decided to make the famous prop slippers from solid crystal instead of using glass - although when they are actually worn in the film the effect is achieved by CGI. SOUNDBITE, Sandy Powell, costume designer (English): "I spent time in the V and A in the glass department looking at different kinds of glass whether it's like a vase or goblet or chandelier and then realised that what it had to do was to refract and reflect the light therefore crystal seemed to be the obvious way to go with that." The exhibition opens on March 21st for three weeks and the movie is released in the UK on March 27th.

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Disney unveils major Cinderella costume exhibition

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 01:18