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We all remember Snow White. She's part of everyone's childhood and it's hard to forget that innocent, delicate girl from the 1937 Disney movie, but "Mirror, Mirror", the recent adaptation by director Tarsem Singh, can certainly add a new image to our memories. In a surreal spectacle of color, the classic fairy tale gains a new face, mainly due to the work of Eiko Ishioka. This japanese costume designer, who took home an Oscar for a stunning wardrobe in "Dracula" in 1993, created over 400 enchanting costumes that turned the Grimm’s fairy tale into a stunning visual experience.
Impressive oversized gowns with large wire cages and corsets were made from huge amounts of fabric in vibrant colors. Amazing costume masks and hats with sailing ships and charming swans create an absolute statement of fantasy. All garments reveal the characters moods and personalities.
The Queen, played by Julia Roberts, appears majestic and powerful. Sharp, intricate shoulders and strong necklines with Elizabethan ruffs and translucent spines give a good feeling of the character's dangerous personality.
For Snow White, balloon sleeves and luscious bows highlight the innocence from the character played by Lily Collins. Nature elements like embroidered flowers, hummingbirds and butterflies show her true connection to her surroundings. The last dress, with stronger colors and sharper lines, reveals the princess transformation and appears as a "gift" dress to the prince and the audience.
Eiko Ishioka never saw the finished film, as she passed way from pancreatic cancer at the age of 73 and was even undergoing chemotherapy while working intensively on the film. "Mirror Mirror" will certainly remain as the last statement of a brilliant and unique costume designer.