After watching Snow White and the Huntsman, I can say three things for sure: Firstly, Kristen Stewart’s performance as Snow White was undoubtedly better than her performance as deadpan Bella in the Twilight series. Secondly, Chris Hemsworth provides the mandatory eye candy factor and the masculine energy required of a hero and this is something we already know he does well after seeing him in Thor and The Avengers. Lastly, Charlize Theron gives new meaning to the expression “evil stepmother” in her role as Queen Ravenna. She would’ve had the Brothers Grimm shaking in their boots in her quest to be “the fairest of them all”.
Not wanting to give away any spoilers, we’ll just tell you it is definitely worth watching but don’t go in, thinking you’re about to watch a feel-good ‘chick flick’. For now, we’ll just do what we do best and give you the scoop on what Charlize wore.
It was quite interesting to discover that the couture gold and turquoise chiffon gown, created for Charlize’s character as the evil Queen Ravenna, features ornate dung beetle detailing. Yup, dung beetles!
Costume designer, Colleen Atwood, was looking for unique materials in Thailand when she came across mounds of discarded, iridescent dung beetle shells at a flea market. (Dung beetles are farmed and eaten for their protein in Thailand.) Atwood is a three-time Oscar-winning costume designer, having won her most recent Oscar for her costumes in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. We’ve also seen her handiwork in Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago.
Atwood told the Washington Post that 50 people had to sew thousands of beetle wings to the gown. Apparently, these are actually razor-sharp and those working on the dress had to wear protective gloves when handling the beetles, which Atwood described as “treacherous” – a treacherous gown for a treacherous character. You don’t see the gown on screen for very long but her other costumes are also worth seeing.
The director had asked that the gown depict rotting, decay and that it would show “the character’s physical and psychic decay as well as her spiralling descent into madness”.
See? I told you that this wasn’t just a chick flick. Apart from taking the top slot at the box office this weekend, it’s a gripping version of the story and, as I said, there’s always Chris Hemsworth.*Images via ecouterre.com, digitalspy.com and gazettetimes.com
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