Magazine article Variety

Coloring 'Carol' and 'Cinderella'

Magazine article Variety

Coloring 'Carol' and 'Cinderella'

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Costume designer Sandy Powell's credit appears on two 2015 releases that are generating awards buzz; Todd Haynes' "Carol" and Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella."

Since Cate Blanchett stars in both films, Powell used her spare time on the Walt Disney Pictures fairy tale to get a head start on the Weinstein Co. indie drama, which had less than eight weeks of prep.

"I began with the underwear," Powell says of Blanchett's early fittings. "It was really beneficial to be seeing her every day, and be thinking about 'Carol' at the same time."

Beyond Cinderella's beautiful ball gown, worn by Lily James, and the iconic glass slippers, the designer relished the opportunity to conceive the look of Blanchett's character, Cinderella's wicked Stepmother.

"She's the baddie, which of course is the best person to dress in any film, because they are extreme," Powell says. "I didn't want her to be in black all the time, but I think every one of her costumes has an element of black in it. …

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