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Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella style vision

Kenneth Branagh invited Sandy Powell to use her imagination freely for costumes on Cinderella.

The British film figure has helmed the latest retelling of the classic fairytale, with Lily James taking on the title role.

Sandy Powell is behind the sumptuous costumes, which include Cinderella's iconic blue ball gown and Cate Blanchett's glamorous dresses as the stepmother.

"Sandy had been working on the film before I arrived so one of the joys was to have the first conversations, and as I recall anyway, Sandy laid out for me sort of influences really across the centuries," Kenneth told Cover Media.

"First of all we established that I wanted to sort of blur... we could blur across the 19th and 18th centuries, and blur in terms of shapes and things and maybe even the 20th century."

Sandy particularly drew on film stars from the 40s and 50s to achieve the right look for Cate's character, but looked more towards the 50s for the stepsisters, played by Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera.

"What was good to see was we both felt we could cross worlds and then we would find the way to make it all join up in the writing," Kenneth continued. "Basically the invitation was for Sandy's imagination to go away and do the amazing, amazing work she's done to make it all live in the Cinderella world but really try to borrow from wherever we felt a shape, a colour, a texture revealed character and where Sandy felt it fitted in to the whole picture."

Sandy is one of films most respected costume designers, and has previously won three Oscars for her work.

As well as turning to past decades for inspiration, Sandy also wanted the costumes to be memorable for children.

"In terms of the overall look, I was thinking actually very much of children's story books and colour and being bright appealing to kids and being able to sort of sum up a character with a colour," she explained.

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