A fairy tale bride deserves a fairy tale wedding dress. Made of silk organza with hand-painted pastel flowers, Cinderella’s wedding gown was made by 16 people and it took 550 hours to complete the dress. The result was simply magnificent. For me, it was more show-stopping than the blue gown she wore to the ball.
Cinderella wasn’t the first live-action adaptation of a Disney animated film. Alice in Wonderland came out five years ahead of Cinderella and it made more money in the box-office too. I never saw Alice in Wonderland in its entirety. I’m not a fan of the story and I wasn’t a fan of Mia Wasikowska until she starred in Crimson Peak after which I formed a better opinion of her as an actress.
Lily James, however, I already found quite captivating in Downton Abbey and I thought she was a good choice to play Cinderella. I wasn’t disappointed. Beautiful with an unmistakable touch of youthful innocence but neither ditzy nor altogether helpless.
So much has been said and too much gushing has been heaped over the blue gown that Cinderella wore to the ball. Although I loved the floaty effect of the voluminous skirt and the way it bounced as Cinderella twirled on the dance floor, it was the wedding dress that made me gasp. Too bad that it enjoyed very little screen time.
There was no wedding scene in the film. When Cinderella appeared in her wedding dress, the wedding ceremony was presumably over, and Cinderella and the Price were preparing to walk to the balcony to wave to the crowd gathered below. Yep, a tradition with royal weddings, it seems, considering that in real life then Princess Elizabeth and Philip did the same and so did Prince Charles and Diana.
Unlike true-to-life royal weddings, however, there was no one else to steal the show, so to speak—unless you count the goose hovering in the balcony which the crowd couldn’t see anyway—when Cinderella and the Price kissed as the crowd below cheered enthusiastically.