Sunday 5 April 2015

Cinderella presented by Swarovski

From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs back in 1937, to more recent titles like Frozen, Disney hasn't lost it's magic over the years. Watched and enjoyed by all ages, in recent years Disney has had a bit of a shake up with its classic films turned into live action movies. Take Snow White and the Huntsman for example. And let's not forget Maleficent, 101 Dalmatians and Alice in Wonderland. Beauty and the Beast is the latest announced to be given the live action treatment, already with Emma Watson confirmed as Belle. Rumour has it that Jungle Book and Dumbo will soon follow suit. But until then, our latest offering is Cinderella. Admittedly I haven't seen the film yet, but when I heard there was an exhibition in London for a limited time only, I just had to go and see it for myself. The highlight was always going to be the glass slipper. Weighing in at 1kg with a six inch heel and 221 light reflecting facets, it caught the light in the most magical of ways:

The exhibition contained costumes and props from the actual film. And some tiny critters...

Swarovski provided approximately 1.7 million crystals for use in the film and if you look closely, you'll see that lots of the costumes are adorned with crystals. Helena Bonham Carter's fairy godmother costume had the most beautiful Swarovski stars in the bodice. Swarovski provided 10,000 Aurora Borealis Swarovski crystals and butterflies for Cinderella's iconic ball gown - her make-up and hair also using light reflecting crystals.

We walked through reconstructions of the different rooms from the film. The ballroom was pretty grand...

Other than seeing the actual glass slipper, one of my other highlights was not only seeing the pumpkin coach, but actually walking through it in all it's fibre optic glory:

The exhibition itself takes about 20 minutes to walk around. There is a Cinderella themed Disney shop for afterwards if you wish. Being heavily sponsored by Swarovski, you do have an opportunity to buy your own scaled down glass slipper. Or a mini one if you like collecting ornaments. However the mini one will set you back £69 and the larger one? £1,395.

This exhibition is free to all. The organisers did allow you to pre-order tickets through Ticketmaster first, however due to high demand, these have since sold out. But fear not... you are still more than welcome to queue on the day in Leicester Square (nearest stations being Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus) ... but please note that priority access goes to all those already with a Ticketmaster booking. Without a booking, the queue does get quite... epic. We were queuing somewhere between 40 minutes - 1 hour and the queue grew behind us, so I expect most people queued for longer. But the exhibition is free so you can't complain too much, and it was worth the wait. So if you're in London and can get yourself down to Leicester Square before it ends, it's definitely worth a visit!



  1. Oh wow, this looks like a fun exhibition! I love the costumes, they're gorgeous. I still haven't seen the film yet either! x

    Josie’s Journal

  2. I'm the other way around! Haven't seen the film yet x


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