When the lovely Lily James abandoned Lady Rose’s formless flapper frocks for the tight-fitting bodice of a Princess gown for Disney’s new Cinderella, a remake of the 1950 animated classic, I wonder if she realized what a hornet’s nest she would be stirring up with her wasp waist (apologies for the mixed entomology reference). That tiny waist was achieved by consuming a modern liquid protein drink and donning an old-fashioned corset.
Personally, I like my fairy tales straight, undiluted by political correctness or environmental messages, and, according to the reviews I have read, this 2015 version of Cinderella does just that -- gives it to us straight; but, more than anything else, that cinched waist seems to have thrown feminists into a full-throttled frenzy – yet another reason to see this film, I think.
|The Original Cinderella Gown Displayed in Saks Fifth Avenue's Window|
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And see it they are – in droves. Little girls of all ages, who still dream of beautiful ball gowns, handsome princes and glass slippers, are just enchanted by the film. How wonderful!
I saw Walt Disney’s original “Cinderella” when I was a little girl and fell head over heels in love – not with Prince Charming, but with those shoes. I knew from that moment on that I would spend the rest of my life looking for that perfect pair of shoes, those magical glass slippers that would transform me into a princess. Who needs Prince Charming when you can have those shoes?
Both Disney versions are adapted from a French tale written in 1697 by Charles Perrault, who adapted his tale from the original story by the Countess of Aulnoy. In the Countess’s tale, the tiny shoes were not glass slippers at all, but red velvet, pearl-encrusted, high-heeled mules. Try running to catch the last pumpkin out of town in a pair of those!! For more on the history of this tale, check out my post “Red Shoes and Glass Slippers.”
Wherever you come down on the waist issue, the truth is that Lily James is blessed with a tiny waist even without benefit of corsetry.
And this is what a modern-day Princess Cinderella wears when invited to dinner at Windsor Castle by a real-life Prince, Prince William. Now, the big question is – will Julian Fellowes be able to tempt Princess Cinderella back to being Lady Rose for Downton Abbey Season 6?