Cinderella's Gown Throughout the Decades

Some fairytales are all about the dress.
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After a recent visit to Cinderella on Broadway starring Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher, we got to thinking: Finding Prince Charming is great but this fairytale is all about the dress.
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Disney's Cinderella (1950)
The dress that started it all, Cinderella's baby blue gown with scalloped trimming enchanted the imaginations of children everywhere, and became one of Disney's most successful commercial hits when it was released in 1950. The magical gown, pictured in its matte version here, sparkled like her glass slippers while she danced with the prince at the ball.
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Julie Andrews in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1957)
Rodgers and Hammerstein created their Cinderella starring Julie Andrews for a CBS television special. According to IMDB, two completely different designs were worn by Andrews. The traditional tulle ball gown, pictured here, was reportedly never used for anything more than publicity stills as it was "dismissed as too big and heavy to utilize through all the live broadcast maneuvers." A more fitted white dress was worn instead, beginning the constant back-and-forth between Cinderella's blue and white gowns.
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Brandy Norwood in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella(1997)
Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick designed Brandy's Cinderella gown by combining blue and white details for an overall magical look. She also added what looks like a mini peplum, a departure from other dress interpretations.
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Drew Barrymore in Ever After (1998)
Academy Award-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan has entire websites devoted to her interpretation of Cinderella's gown. Beavan did not design a traditional ball gown for this scene, but a romantic, embellished, off the shoulder period dress instead. If you are as obsessed with this gown as we are, chances are that you will appreciate Beavan's work in her other films, including Sense and Sensibility and A Room With a View.
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Anne Hathaway in Ella Enchanted (2004)
The white sleeveless gown worn by Anne Hathaway served as a modern interpretation for a modern-day Cinderella story. The dress is not a traiditional ball gown, but has enough volumne and sparkle to feel extra special.
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Hilary Duff in A Cinderella Story (2004)
The white dress theme continued as Hilary Duff starred in another modern-day Cinderella story. Her dress differed from previous designs in that it is strapless.
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Amy Adams in Enchanted (2007)
Costume designer Mona May gave as much weight to Giselle's sleeves as she did her skirt.
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Jessy Schram in ABC's Once Upon a Time (2011)
Cinderella's gown gets another go, this time in a robin's egg blue.
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Carly Rae Jepsen in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway (2014)
Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long designed this white gown for Cinderella, which seems like an ode to the dress nixed when Julie Andrews was in the role. The gowns featured in Broadway's Cinderella are so impressive that it seemed as though star Carly Rae Jepsen's costume changes were that of pure magic.
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