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Cinderella: The Exhibition - Leicester Square Gardens

Cinderella

Exhibition preview

THE Walt Disney Company and Swarovski are presenting Cinderella: The Exhibition, an enchanting display of original costumes and props from Disney’s new live action film of the classic fairy tale.

The standalone exhibition will immerse visitors in the magical world of Cinderella and will be on display in the iconic Leicester Square Gardens from Saturday, March 21 to Friday, April 10, 2015.

The exhibition will be free of charge with tickets available via www.disney.co.uk/cinderellaexhibition. With 22 remarkable costumes and hundreds of original props on display the exhibition will offer people the opportunity to celebrate the film’s British roots first hand.

Filmed in the UK, Cinderella features costumes from renowned British costume designer, the BAFTA and Academy Award® winning Sandy Powell, and is directed by fellow BAFTA winner and Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh.

Powell’s costumes, as worn by the all-star cast including Lily James (as Cinderella), BAFTA winner and Academy Award® nominee Helena Bonham Carter (the Fairy Godmother), Academy Award® winning Cate Blanchett (Lady Tremaine) and Richard Madden (the Prince) will be proudly on display for all to see, housed within the recreated sets of BAFTA and Academy Award® winning production designer Dante Ferretti.

The exhibition is presented by Swarovski who provided Sandy Powell with over 1.7 million crystals for the spellbinding costumes to bring added sparkle to Cinderella’s magical world.

At the heart of the exhibition will be Cinderella’s iconic slipper, also designed by Powell. The dazzling slipper, which plays such a pivotal role in the fairy tale, was hewn from solid Swarovski crystal and features 221 facets in a light-reflecting Crystal Blue Aurora Borealis coating. Powell worked closely with Swarovski technicians at the headquarters of the crystal house in Austria to create the magnificent slipper.

“I’m looking forward to people being able to see the behind the scenes magic that went into the creation of Cinderella, ” said Branagh of the exhibition. “Sandy Powell has allowed unlimited access to her creative process from the initial sketches to the final creations, including the most iconic costume of all – Cinderella’s incredibly beautiful blue ball gown.”

Cate Blanchett added: “You can see the detail and the work and the colour and the wit and whimsy that have gone into Sandy’s costumes – it’ll be a real treat for people.”

Cinderella

Commenting on the exhibition Nadja Swarovski said: “We are very excited to bring the magic of Sandy Powell’s Cinderella costume designs, including the famous slipper in solid Swarovski crystal, to her home city of London. Sandy’s artistry and impeccable eye for detail always results in the most memorable costumes.”

The Walt Disney Company and Swarovski have partnered with MediCinema on the exhibit to bring the magic of Cinderella to all MediCinema patients. Disney and Swarovski will commit all funds raised from the Cinderella: The Exhibition brochure, which will be available for a donation, to support MediCinemas and patients across the UK and Italy. In addition there will also be special screenings of Cinderella for MediCinema patients and family.

Kat Mason, CEO of MediCinema said: “You only have to witness the looks on our patients’ faces as they walk through the doors of a MediCinema to understand the true value of escapism, and return to normality for people who are unwell in a place of care. For just two short hours we transport them from the hospital and their illness into the magic of cinema and film – the results are extraordinary. We are so grateful to Disney and Swarovski, without whom this just wouldn’t be possible.”

“It’s an extra pleasure to partner with Disney to support MediCinema, and bring some of the sparkle and excitement of the Cinderella tale to the patients and families who most need it.” added Nadja Swarovski.

The exhibition was designed and produced by MXW with the help of London Film Experience, a subsidiary of the London Film Museum.

The London Film Experience has been working with Westminster City Council to bring the exhibition into London’s West End. Cllr Robert Davis, Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council said: “We are delighted to welcome Disney and this wonderful exhibition into the heart of London’s West End. Like Cinderella’s glass slipper, this event is the perfect fit for Leicester Square.”

Admission: Free but the event will be ticketed.

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 9pm (last admission at 8pm); Sunday, 11am to 7pm (last admission at 6pm).