Published on February 27th, 2015 | by Kia0
Cinderella Themed Afternoon Tea At London’s Fashion Week
On Saturday 21st February, special guests Sandy Powell and Sophie McShera attended a special Cinderella themed afternoon tea at London’s Fashion Week. Guest’s were given a chance to admire not only the finished costumes for new Ella’s stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) but also given a change at wearing the glass slipper themselves.
Centre pieces included a beautiful glass slipper that held pride of place and the original sketches of a lot of the costumes by designer Sandy Powell who described the project as “the costume designers dream job”. The detailing throughout all the costumes is impeccable and I have to agree with Sophie McShera that we are also in awe of her.
The show also included the jewellery and makeup palette’s used to bring each of the looks to life and there wasn’t a single part of this beautiful show that didn’t make me smile.
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honour her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and – armed with a pumpkin and a few mice – changes Cinderella’s life forever.
Cinderella is released nationwide on March 27th