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Jun 10 2014

Interview: Maleficent Costume Designer Anna B. Sheppard

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When you see Maleficent you will leave the cinema thinking about Angelina Jolie’s amazing cheekbones, the sweetness of Elle Fanning as Aurora, and the incredible costumes designed by  Anna B. Sheppard, who is known for her work on ‘Schindler’s List’ and ‘The Pianist,’ both of which earned her Oscar nominations.

I got the chance to chat with Anna about the costumes, working with Angelina, and the difficulties of designing for an action movie like Maleficent.

Maleficent is one of the most iconic villains in cinematic history – what was it like to take on this project?

Daunting!!! We started the prep for this film 10 weeks before the first day of shoot and I met Angelina like 8 weeks before and we started from scratch. Everyone expected one costume, because everyone remembers the animated character, and we created eight. It was blood, sweat and tears, and I had a lot of help from Team Maleficent – I had my assistant costume designer Jane Clive, and lots of young designers who experimented with our costumes – like with the millinery, the shoes, with our leather elements – they helped me a lot.

The original really stays in your memory, everyone as a child has seen Sleeping Beauty and everyone remembers Maleficent, so that was the challenge of this movie to bring this animated version to life and to keep the magic in the costumes.

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What was it like working with Angelina Jolie on the Maleficent costumes?

A bad person never looked so beautiful – she looks absolutely amazing. Angelina really did give herself to this character and think people don’t realise that she is more than just being beautiful, she is also incredibly intelligent. She was 150 percent involved in the creation of the designs.

Were there any challenges involved in Maleficent’s signature costume?

It is practically creating the identical silhouette from the animated movie but the technical details were more difficult because I wanted a more sculptured silhouette, but still very slim. It is like a dress with bat-wings attached with a long train, which needed to be weighted down to make the costume behave like it should. It was made from metres of pleated black fabric and it took weeks to make – day and night. But the results were worth it.

As well as Maleficent there are a host of fabulous costumes for Aurora and Diaval – how did you perfect their look?

With Elle and Aurora, they were very innocent costumes, Aurora is the girl who lives in the forest surrounded by funny fairies, and I thought about her lines with her long hair and it made me think of Ophelia. That was my inspiration to create something like light almost; it needed to be such a contrast to Maleficent’s costume.

For Diaval I wanted him to look like a rock star. Because Raven is black so his clothes should be black, in the first concept he was suppose to be covered in feathers, but of course that didn’t work, so we didn’t have much time to dress he so we went for a cross between a pirate and a rock star – with high boots, leather trousers, frock coat, and an open black shirt.

Is there a particular sequence that you feel the costumes really shine through?

I think the christening scene is quite impressive, I love that and a lot of work went into it, because we had to create the whole ‘court’ of King Stefan and the different types of costumes is great to see.

Were there any challenges making the costumes work for the action scenes?

The last costume, the all-in-one leather costume for the fight, we had to make 25 for that sequence as they were exposed to fires, so they also needed to be fireproof. Sometimes you have to sacrifice beauty of the costume for the practicality of an action movie.

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[Pics: Courtesy of Disney & Anna's taken by me, Fashionista Barbie]

**Post in collaboration with Disney for the Maleficent hub – for more on the hub visit – maleficentmovie.tumblr.com**

Jun 07 2014

Cute Alert: Asos x Minnie Mouse Ears

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I have made no secret of being a lover of cute, whether that’s an adorable piece of jewellery made even cutier by my favourite doll Barbie, or a statement sweater of a basically any animal alive and now I have to add Minnie Mouse ears to my ever-growing wish list.

These beauties are part of Asos’ exclusive collaboration with Disney and I can’t quite decide which pair of Minnie Mouse ears are my favourite. Of course Minnie’s timeless and signature polka dots are high on my list, but I can’t help but be seduced by the fun leopard print ones, the pom pom beauties and the festival-ready floral ‘blossom’ bow. All I know is that each pair is so cute I want them all!!!

Prices start at £10 for the classic red and white spot ears and bow Aliceband, which I have to be honest as Minnie’s signature style these might just be my favourites, but I do adore the quirkiness of the pom poms for £12 and the leopard print sequinned embellished headband for £15.

Which ears do you want to rock this summer? 

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Jun 01 2014

Maleficent World Premiere: Angelina Jolie In Atelier Versace

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Disney’s ultimate villain, that we all secretly love, Maleficent has finally hit cinemas and it seems that lead actress Angelina Jolie can’t get enough of her character’s gothic glamour. For the world premiere of the film in Hollywood, Angelina turned to one of her favourite designer labels, Atelier Versace for a gorgeous, custom-made gown that just screamed, Maleficent.

Angelina went for a dramatic, statement strapless black column gown composed of rubberised silk, which gathered at the waist into a sweeping train, the look definitely looked made for an evil fairy. I just love how captivating the dress looked, much like her characters cheekbones, I couldn’t take my eye off this intriguing dress that was perfect for the world premiere.

If the gown wasn’t beautiful enough the styling took this look to a whole new level, pairing the rubberised dress with dangerous-looking jewellery including a single spiked earring and a spiked cuffs. This went perfectly with her simple, pulled-back ponytail and smoky eyes.

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[Pics: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Disney]
**Post in collaboration with Disney for the Maleficent hub – for more on the hub visit – maleficentmovie.tumblr.com** 

May 14 2014

Maleficent: Elle Fanning In Georges Hobeika

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So I have already shared the amazing Angelina Jolie hitting the red carpet, sorry blue carpet, while promoting her new flick Maleficent, well I also got to interview the lovely and very charming Elle Fanning, aka Princess Aurora on her look and the film. I was at the event as part of my work with Disney for their amazing Discover Maleficent hub, over the next few weeks I will be sharing more red carpet and fashion looks inspired by the two themes in the film – ‘gothic glam’ and ‘fairytale chic’ representing the two main characters, Maleficent and Aurora.

I am super excited to be involved as I can’t wait to see this film – the poster had me sold with Angelina’s cheekbones. If you haven’t seen the trailer – check it out.

Sorry, back to Maleficent star Elle Fanning who had a real-life fairytale moment as she joined her co-stars on the blue carpet at Kensington Palace in London for a private reception to celebrate the movie. Playing homage to her character Princess Aurora, Elle looked gorgeous in a cream brocade silk, strapless Georges Hobeika Couture ball gown.

The elegant gown is from the French fashion designer’s autumn/winter 2013 collection and when I asked why she went for this beaded embellished flower motif dress the star said: “Well, it is very princessey, which is kind of fitting and it has pockets, which is nice.” I quite agree!!!

Finishing off her fairytale chic look, the teenage star wore her hair up and accessorised it with floral headpiece, which tied into long ribbons that flowed down her back. Wearing hardly any make-up the star really showed off her beauty, just adding a dusting of rose-coloured eye shadow and blusher, which is very fitting for her character.

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The young starlet gushed that it is a dream come true to play Sleeping Beauty’s Princess Aurora, “She was my favourite always, I related to her the most – each princess has different colour hair, different dress and she had blonde hair and the pink dress and that was what I related to the most.”

Chatting about what fans can expect from the movie, Elle added: “The original story you have a lot of questions and it is also from Sleeping Beauty’s point-of-view, so now this one is from Maleficent’s point of view and all those questions are answered, which is nice – you kind of get the back-story and you understand why she is so angry.

“I think it is a little more gothic, you know it definitely has dark qualities to it, because it is from a villains point of view, Disney has never done that pretty much before, but it also has the light – it is a whole new world you have never seen.”

Do you rate Elle’s princess ball gown?

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[Pics:  David Dettmann/James Gillham for Disney]
**Post in collaboration with Disney for the Maleficent hub – for more on the hub visit – maleficentmovie.tumblr.com** 

Dec 15 2012

Festive Cheer: Barney’s New York Electric Holiday

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What’s so magical about this campaign is that Minnie Mouse is no different from any other girl – don’t we all daydream over owning a Lanvin dress, going to Paris to have our picture taken by the likes of Steven Klein and Mario Sorrenti, being sprayed with Tinker Bell magic dust to create the perfect model body and then walk in a fashion show wearing designs by Alber Elbaz and Nicolas Ghesquière…well I certainly do.

This is just a fun campaign for the holidays that I truly adore.

Aug 21 2012

Disney Love: Minnie Mouse Is Coming To LFW

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Last season Barbie came to London Fashion Week thanks to her collaboration with Sister by Sibling well it seems for spring/summer 2013 the hot trend is sure to be Minnie Mouse ears and polka dots as some of the hottest designers around have teamed up with the Disney’s most famous style icon, Minnie Mouse.

Minnie is one lucky cartoon character, she has a range of nail varnishes with OPI and Mawi created a range of jewellery inspired by her iconic silhouette, and come September she is set to get her own fashion collection designed by the likes of Giles Deacon (above), Richard Nicoll and Michael Van Der Ham, which Disney is calling ‘Minnie Mouse Must Haves’, one-off garments and accessories that will be presented during London Fashion Week.

Each designer has taken Minnie Mouse as their inspiration, so think lots of signature bows, her trademark polka dots, pops of red, as well as her iconic ears. Other designers taking part include Piers Atkinson, Bunney, Husam el Odeh in collaboration with Luke Hersheson, Katie Hillier, Lulu Guinness, Tatty Devine and Terry de Havilland. Plus there will be an “extraordinary collaboration” with Meadham Kirchhoff, the design duo known for their quirky catwalk shows – oh my I simply can not wait!!!!

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All the sketches are gorgeous and have made me excited to see them in person, but I think I have to give it to Richard Nicoll and Michael Van Der Ham, their designs are whimsical and gorgeous. I am loving Nicoll’s statement ‘Minnie’ ear shoulders and the comic-book strip design, but I am a sucker for a sequinned Minnie silhouette and this one from Van Der Ham looks divine and I love that he went for black and gold rather than the traditional red. I am also glad to see Lulu Guinness designing a one-off bag and I can’t wait to see Terry de Havilland’s Minnie shoes.

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Following the ‘Inspired by Minnie Mouse’ showcase, each of the ‘Minnie Mouse Must Haves’ will be available at an exclusive eBay auction, so if your bid is the highest you could come away with a fab one-off Minnie Mouse-inspired creation. Proceeds from the auction will be donated by Disney to support the BFC/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation, a British Fashion Council initiative.

Roll on London Fashion Week…not long to go now!!!

Feb 10 2012

Movie Review: The Muppets – Kermit and Miss Piggy Rock

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There is a charm about the Muppets that just instantly makes me smile. OK for sure there is a cheesiness about Kermit and the gang, but surely that is what totally makes the franchise adorable, and has made kids and adults a like excited for their return to the big screen.

What I loved about this flick is that Disney came right out and said it the Muppets are nobodies, with the troupe all disbanded, Kermit and Miss Piggy separated and their theatre crumbling away – they leave it to Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary played by Jason Segel and his girlfriend played by Amy Adams to rally the gang, stage the greatest Muppet Telethon ever, oh and save the day from an oil tycoon destroying the Muppets theatre.

No one said the story had to be complex, it is the simplicity that makes it work, and I loved that it was packed full of singing and dance numbers, a touch of adult humour, great celebrity cameos from the likes of Jack Black, Whoopi Goldberg and Mickey Rooney, and most of all the off-beat comedy that the Muppets are best known for.

My favourite scenes had to be the trip down memory lane introducing all the Muppets to a new audience with the road trip, from picking up Fozzie who now performs at a Reno casino; Gonzo who is a high-powered plumbing businessman; and the best bit is when they discover Miss Piggy as a fashion editor for Paris Vogue with Emily Blunt as her secretary, a nod to her role in The Devil Wears Prada – completely genius.

The Muppets hits cinemas today, and trust me if you don’t leave the theatre smiling there is seriously something wrong with you.

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[Images: Disney]
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