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Cruella Fashion Show

What happens when you mix Vivienne Westwood + Miranda Priestly + Harley Quinn into only one character?

Fashion world haven't got this excited about a Disney live-action movie since the release of Tim Burton's Alice, almost 10 years ago and I have to say, 'Cruella' - the adaptation of '101 Dalmatians' - didn't disappointed, specially because of the costumes...

Director Craig Gillespie traces the villain’s origin story, which follows Estella (played by Emma Stone, who also serves as an executive producer), a young, quick-witted, fashion-obsessed orphan in 1970s London. So, yes - it's punk rock time!

Images from designer John Galliano’s collections inspired the makeup artist, Nadia Stacey, as did punk rocker Siouxsie Sioux. With the eyes, “I went for the beetle-wings [effect], whereby you rub something dark in, and there’s a metallic look,” she said in interview for Variety.

[One of her favorite looks is when Cruella arrives by motorcycle at a fashion show attended by the Baroness at a time when Cruella is being portrayed as a rival designer. Stacey needed to incorporate the words “The Future” into Cruella’s makeup. “I asked Emma if I could write it across her face, and she said, ‘Yes, let’s do it.’” To style the words, Stacey used the iconic stencil font from the album “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols”] keep reading it here.

British costume designer Jenny Beavan is the responsible for creating the wardrobe with more than 45 looks for Estella, as the villain was known before becoming Cruella de Vil, the fashionista obsessed with fur coats.
Btw, in '101 Dalmatians', the 1956 book by Dodie Smith, Cruella was the wife of a wealthy furrier — as she was in Disney’s first animated film, in 1961. It wasn’t until Glenn Close embodied her in the 1996 live action version that she became a designer in her own right, running the House of DeVil.

Emma Stone making a fashionable entrance in “Cruella” in a gown inspired by Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen


With more than 40 years of career, Jenny Beavan is also known for the costumes of 'The King's Speech' (2010), 'Murder in Gosford Park' (2001), 'The Cure' (2016), 'Sherlock Holmes' (2009) and our favorite: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (2015) - which gave her an Oscar, the second one - the first was with 1985's 'A Window to Love'.
At the moment she's running three other projects, including a Mad Max spin-off called 'Furiosa' (unfortunately, not starring Charlize).

You can see all the looks from the movie on our Costumes Pinterest board here

This is such a powerful scene in the movie... it's a "I'm bad and I like it" moment and a turn of perspectives for the character, impossible not to see the similarities with Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn in 'Birds of Prey.'

"Read the book, watch the movie, buy the record"... as my friend Evandro Mesquita would say. With the launching of the film came the merchandises we love:

MAC Cosmetics released a 'Cruella' makeup collection inspired by the movie, featuring nine products that bring to life the Disney villain’s look. The line-up combines punk reds with metallic colors, and everything comes packaged in tubes and palettes bearing Cruella’s instantly recognizable black and white style.

Brazilian label Havaianas also launched an inspired collection with three different printed model of sandals, a mini bag, a t-shirt and a DIY t-shirt kit.

'Cruella' will be widely available for anyone who pays for the Disney+ service 
from August 27, 2021