To celebrate Disney’s upcoming live action Cinderella film, Disney has collaborated with nine luxury designer shoe brands on a collection that reimagines Cinderella’s iconic glass slipper.
Paul Andrew, Alexandre Birman, Rene Caovilla, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Nicholas Kirkwood, Charlotte Olympia, Jerome Rousseau, and Stuart Weitzman each created their own interpretation of the glass slipper that Cinderella accidentally leaves behind when the clock strikes midnight.
“Cinderella’s glass slipper has become a magical symbol of transformation,” said David Lee, footwear director, Disney EMEA.
“Each pair of shoes in this exciting global collection captures Cinderella’s elegance and grace through the lens of celebrated designers, making this shoe collection truly fit for a princess.”
Swarovski, which produced the iconic glass slipper under the direction of Academy-Award winning costume designer Sandy Powell, provided the crystals featured in the designer’s shoes.
The shoes will be available for order in the following retail stores around the world, as well as in some of the designer brand's own stores:
· London – Harrods
· United States – Saks Fifth Avenue (New York and Beverly Hills)
· Paris – Galeries Lafayette
· Milan – Excelsior Milano
· Moscow –Tsum
· Japan – Isetan
· Dubai – Level Shoe District, The Dubai Mall
All the shoes will be revealed together for the first time within the Cinderella Exhibit at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday, February 13th.
Check out the different designs below:
"Cinderella in 2015 has a timeless appeal. The diamond and translucent bootie enhance the vision I have of her.”
"The stroke of midnight is a wonderful element of the Cinderella fairy tale, it adds tension and intensity to the story. I was inspired by that when I designed this style for Cinderella and the result is a dramatic midnight-blue glitter sandal on a sky-high heel. The clear strap is reminiscent of the crystal slipper, while the refined gold and silver trims add the right amount of whimsy to the design. I wanted to create something that, if left behind, the Prince would feel even more captivated by Cinderella’s allure.”
“This transparent platform shoe made with my signature PVC & perspex materials is adorned with star and crystal detailing as befits any princess.”
“Cinderella has both delicate and strong qualities as a character. The moment of transformation emphasises both and gave me the design inspiration to create a piece that spoke to the film’s magic.”
Salvatore Ferragamo (Massimiliano Giornetti, creative director, Salvatore Ferragamo)
“The magic of a shoe that turns a woman into a princess and gives her the feeling of walking on clouds is a universal dream. A modern Cinderella fairy tale of rediscovering a soft sensuality and a powerful femininity. A shoe made of transparency and light: the cage heel, an iconic symbol of Salvatore Ferragamo, is covered with Swarovski crystals and is transformed by sparkling impalpability.”
Jimmy Choo (Sandra Choi, creative director, Jimmy Choo)
“I think every girl desires a Cinderella moment in their lives. This story ignites a love affair and fascination with shoes that never dies. The power they have to transform is instilled from a young age and the fantasy remains alive forever. I wanted to create a shoe that felt magical, with alluring sparkle and a feminine, timeless silhouette evoking those childhood emotions.”
“‘Works of arts called shoes grant wishes and raise emotions. Passion and never ending research don’t draw the line at fantasy and creativity. This is how dreams come true in our fairy tale.”
“My vision of the glass slipper was inspired by the timeless and feminine beauty that I believe Cinderella and the Alexandre Birman brand both share. I reinterpreted our classic Johanna pump, this time giving it a fashionable and romantic twist with satin and Swarovski crystals. It’s a shoe I imagine a modern princess would wear.”
“Cinderella's glass slipper represents every woman's dream shoe. The story, being a classic, inspired me to use my iconic pointed toe silhouette, which I embellished with an array of hand encrusted Swarovski crystals to create the ultimate fantasy shoe. I used transparent PVC to create a 'glass' effect and ivory suede for luxurious texture and dimension.”
Cinderella hits UK cinemas from March 27th.