Cinderella @ Leicester Square

A pop-up exhibition like no other has landed in the heart of Leicester Square. A magical show has opened that reveals the history of one of Disney’s best-loved movies: Cinderella! It documents the fairytale’s history as well as revealing its modern re-incarnation in the form of the new movie starring Lily James.

The exhibition begins with a look at the 1950 original movie with interactive books and memorabilia from the much-loved film which is now over 60 years old! Here we get the chance to see illustrations for the film, many of which are very different in style from the finished product that we are all familiar with, but beautiful nevertheless.

Following the historical introduction we move into a world of sparkle. The following galleries present the costumes featured in the new film. These have been designed by Sandy Powell and adorned with over 1.7 million Swarovski crystals in the form of dresses, tiaras and accessories. The gowns are stunningly displayed on mannequins, which move like the dolls that can be found inside of musical jewelry boxes so that the viewer can admire them from every angle. These are presented alongside hand-drawn illustrations by Powell and the beauty of the display demonstrates exactly why she has already won 3 Oscars for her costume designs.

Also on display is a breath-taking Swarovski glass slipper that really looks like something that has come straight out of a fairy tale. As well as this is a stunning golden carriage that has been filled with a giant pumpkin.

This exhibition is magical and a perfect treat for the whole family. It has been presented by Swarovski and it is clear to see why they are keen to show their costumes off! The staff our keen to inform the viewers all about Cinderella’s history as well as the upcoming film. The best part is that the show is free and in my opinion is just as good, if not better than many fashion exhibitions that I have seen recently, it simply must be taken advantage of!

The exhibition is open in Leicester Square until 10 April and the release date for Cinderella in the UK is 27 March

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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