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Interview: Maleficent Costume Designer Anna B. Sheppard

Interview: Maleficent Costume Designer Anna B. Sheppard

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.

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Maleficent: Elle Fanning Is A Princess In Elie Saab

Maleficent: Elle Fanning Is A Princess In Elie Saab

Who: Actress Elle Fanning

Where: At the World Premiere of Disney’s “Maleficent“, held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California

Wearing: An off-the-shoulder ice-blue Elie Saab fully embroidered tulle A-line gown with a matching belt from the designer’s spring/summer 2014 Haute Couture collection, teamed with the matching belt, a choker and bracelets

Verdict: I love how both Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning have been inspired by their Maleficent characters during this promo tour and this is another perfect example of a modern princess gown by Elie Saab. Everything from the colour, that ice-blue is gorgeous, to the off-shoulder design and the semi-sheer skirt is just perfection, romantic and elegant.

Elle really does embrace the girlie side of the red carpet, which I adore, and this gown is just exquisite – the detailing in the embroidery is amazing on the close-up piccie, and I really do love this princess A-line silhouette on her, it makes her already tiny waist look even smaller.

Sadly though this isn’t a complete home run for Elle, I do love everything about this look except for that choker, which doesn’t seem to match the modern youthful look of the outfit.

What do you think of Elle’s latest red carpet look?

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[Pics: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney]

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** 

BFI London Film Festival: Elle Fanning In Rochas

Who: Elle Fanning

Where: At the premiere of ‘Ginger and Rosa’ during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End

Wearing: A floral sweetheart strapless Rochas gown, paired with a mint green cardigan draped over her shoulders, both from the Resort 2013 collection, and an ivory lace choker

Verdict: Wow, wow, wow!!! Every time I see Elle Fanning on the red carpet I have to remind myself that she is only fourteen – this is a great look from Elle. I have to be honest I think she is the only person that could get away with wearing a cardigan on the red carpet, for some I am sure this look will age her but for me I love her looking regal.

I love the vintage, kind of granny-vibe print to the gown, I adore the mint coloured cardigan, I am uber jealous of her poker-straight blonde locks, and I even strangely liking the lace choker. Maybe it is because she is 14-years-old that this look works – but I just love everything about it.

What do you think of Elle’s floral ballgown?

[Pics: courtesy of Ian Gavan/Getty Images for BFI]