Disney Cruella is a prequel to the 1990s 101 Dalmations with an uncanny twist. The ‘sinisterly superb, well-crafted, artistic’ film presents a more responsible villain than the original character created by Dodie Smith.
According to Emma Stone, ‘ It reveals the back story of Cruella, why she is so villainous as today.’ So, let’s take a sneak peek at Disney’s Cruella, released on May 18, 2021.
The Role of Fashion in Disney’s Cruella
According to director Craig Gillespie, Fashion is an omnipresent element in every part of the film. The costume, hair, and makeup were an integral part of the film to bring alive the iconic character as she sings, ‘beauty is the only thing that matters.’
According to the La La Land star, ‘One of the vital aspects of her character is her creativity, her designing.’ She added, ‘In such a film like this, the costume does a lot of work for you. Once you put on the costumes and makeup, you feel like Cruella De Vil. ‘
Behind The costumes and Iconic Makeup of Emma Stone
There is a total of 47 looks of Emma Stone created by Academy Award-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road, A Room with a View) where black-white-grey shades dominated red. “I went to fit her in her home in Los Angeles. I took with me about ten suitcases of pieces of clothing that were fun or might be right for something. It was a very random collection.
It was more about just seeing how it worked. So, we arrived in the morning, and we set up in the garage, and then we fitted her in her kitchen. Out of that first fitting came a huge number of the basis of the looks. We didn’t use many of the actual vintage pieces, but we used them as inspirations,” said Beavan to Collider.
These include some iconic outfits, like the garbage truck dress that practically covers up a car and the famous dalmatian coat. Did you know there were 5060 hand-sewn petals in her dress that the crew members manually attached? It looks like the makers were determined to set higher benchmarks for the fashion industry with this film.
Considering the dramatic transformation of Emma Stone, aka Cruella, Mac Cosmetics has launched the all-new Disney Cruella Collection, which symbolizes fun, freedom, and being yourself!
Music and Songs
The background and setting of the story paved the way for music to become an integral part of the film. There are 48 songs in the film, which helped Emma Stone transform into the punk rock villain. Over 30 retro tunes have been used in the film, which sets the right mood for the film. Some of these songs include These Boots Are Made For Walkin, and Come Together have also been played randomly during the shoots for the epic transformation of the characters.
Cruella’s Unexpected Origin
In Disney’s Cruella, we go back in time to meet Estella, delve deeper into her life and who she was before becoming evil.
The story is a wholly original plot, set in a different 1970’s London, where the baroness is the height of the fashion industry. She thinks she has landed her dream job, only to realize that she was just meant to clean. Estella realizes she has a lot of potential in the fashion world.
But, how will Estella replace her even if she realizes her potentials? How far can she go for her passion for high art and fashion?
Hint: Fashion is Cruella’s tool. Unlike the kind Estella, Cruella sees everything as an obstacle and becomes the ruthless ‘queen of mean!’The black spots on the skin of the Dalmations are something she has always eyed for a long time to make her ultimate fashion statement! Amid all these, Cruella struggles with mental illness, which becomes her center of attraction.
So, that brings back the question, Is Cruella a pure villain or misunderstood?
To understand her, you have to consider Disney’s Cruella as a standalone film, completely different from 101 Dalmatians or from the evil parody of Tilluah Bankheat. You have to revisit the evilest Disney villain to understand her!