The Cinderella Dress is truly Amazing.

Here is an amazing article about the construction of the fabulous ball gown!

Yes, Lily James, you SHALL go to the ball! Swooning Cinderella fans say it’s the most breathtaking cinema gown ever. Now its fairy godmother designer reveals how she wove her magic

I knew the dress that transforms Cinderella into a beautiful princess needed to be big – very big. It had to be a showstopper.

Sadly, there was no real-life fairy godmother to conjure it up. In fact, it took a team of 20 people 4,000 hours to create eight versions of this very special gown.

The result? Rave reviews when the film, directed by Kenneth Branagh, opened in the UK a week ago.

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Rave reviews: Cinderella is played by Downton Abbey’s Lily James. The film has had excellent reviews with Vanity Fair calling it ‘genuinely magical’

Rave reviews: Cinderella is played by Downton Abbey’s Lily James. The film has had excellent reviews with Vanity Fair calling it ‘genuinely magical’

Vanity Fair called it ‘genuinely magical’, while fans have said the dress is one of the most spectacular costumes ever.

But how do you go about creating the ultimate fairytale gown – and making it look truly magical on screen?

Costume-maker Jane Law and I achieved that with the choice of fabric and by using many different shades of shimmering blue.

Lily James talks corsets and costumes on set of Cinderella

Behind the many layers, the gown is a feat of structural engineering. We started with the underwear: the corset and the crinoline (skirt cage), which was made of steel

Behind the many layers, the gown is a feat of structural engineering. We started with the underwear: the corset and the crinoline (skirt cage), which was made of steel

Fairytale: Cinderella - Lily James - captivates her prince Richard Madden at the ball

Fairytale: Cinderella – Lily James – captivates her prince Richard Madden at the ball

AND THE WAIST? IT’S AN ILLUSION!

• Creator Sandy Powell says outrage over Lily’s slender waist was misplaced. It’s actually an optical illusion – her waist looks tiny because the skirt is so huge.

• The top layer of the gown is silk crepeline, a very lightweight, fine silk. The layers underneath are made up of a synthetic called yumissima, an incredibly light (and very expensive, about £150 a metre) material which floats when thrown in the air.

• Lily always went to the loo before being stitched into the outfit… but if nature called again, a mini camping portable loo was slipped under her dress.

• The designer and her team are sworn to silence about the cost, although some estimates have put it at about £11,000 per dress. But you can buy a similar design on the High Street for £100 – about 100 times less.

Behind the many layers, the gown is a feat of structural engineering. We started with the underwear: the corset and the crinoline (skirt cage), which was made of steel.

Each of the eight versions of the gown is also slightly different. One was 2in shorter and a couple were 4in for the times when Lily had to run; another had holes cut in the sides of the skirt for harness work.

The hems got incredibly dirty as the shoot went on. That proved a headache – these dresses aren’t something you can just throw in the wash.

And it also wasn’t the most practical design. During filming, Lily and Helena Bonham Carter, who plays her fairy godmother and wears an equally huge gown, had to get used to it taking an age to be dressed. In the end, we got it down to a 20 minutes.

THAT DRESS… BY NUMBERS

3 Miles of thread in the hems

250 Metres of fabric in each dress

4,000 Hours it took to make eight different versions of the gown

10,000 Swarovski crystals hand-applied to the dresses

20 Minutes it took to get the dress on

4 Inches one dress was shortened by to help Lily flee the ball at midnight

The trickiest thing Lily had to do in the gown was dance with her prince, played by Richard Madden. They practised endlessly, but poor Richard kept treading on her hems. Of course, when it came to actually shooting, they were faultless.

While I was delighted with the dress’s reception, I was surprised by the obsession with Lily’s tiny waist. People seemed to think it was setting a bad example to young girls. Some even accused the studio of digitally altering it. Ridiculous.

The reason her waist looks tiny is because the skirt is so huge – it’s an optical illusion – and she’s wearing a corset. The film is set in the 19th Century and every woman in the film is wearing one, even the maids.

I understand people get upset when incredibly skinny models appear on the catwalk or in photos. But Lily is not a super-skinny girl – there’s nothing wrong with her body. Cinderella is a girl known for kindness and courage, so it’s sad people just kept talking about her waist size.

Despite the sniping, the dress was everything I hoped it would be.

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Design: The dress, made of rare, light yumissima fabric, was based on 19th century royal portraits

Frilling: The petticoat had flounced frillsat the hem, with a second three-layeredorganza petticoat placed over the top

Frilling: The petticoat had flounced frillsat the hem, with a second three-layeredorganza petticoat placed over the top

Team effort: The dressmakers work on the petticoat. In total, Lily worea chemise, corset, crinoline, petticoats and the dress – five kilos in total

Team effort: The dressmakers work on the petticoat. In total, Lily worea chemise, corset, crinoline, petticoats and the dress – five kilos in total

Final touches: The detachable ‘bertha’, which topped the fairytale gown, was decorated with dozens of hand-painted butterflies made by Hiroshima artist Haruka Miyamoto.Right: Lily James uses the ‘secrethandles’ built into the crinoline

Final touches: The detachable ‘bertha’, which topped the fairytale gown, was decorated with dozens of hand-painted butterflies made by Hiroshima artist Haruka Miyamoto.

Costumes!

I have officially gone full costume. Right now I am working on a few pieces for the Children’s Ballet Theater in Memphis, and I hope to be in touch with some of the folks at Rhodes College regarding costumes. I am also in the process of designing and creating some costumes for Memphis UFO Day, and hopefully I will be part of the Local SCA as a historical costume merchant. I love dance and historical costumes, period costume accuracy is one of my biggest passions. Let me know if there are any costumes you or your production are in need of, and keep checking my portfolio for updated costume pictures.

Highlights!!!! Come get ready for summer!

Summer is just around the corner, despite all the snow, and I know that there are a lot of you ready to get your highlights in! I have many different ways to brighten and lighten your hair that will make every one look amazing! I can offer highlights for any budget! So come by today and get your blonde on!!!

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Make your event sparkle with a Tattoo Artist and Glitter Tattoos!

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Looking for some help working some Farmer’s Markets and Festivals.

Hello Every one,

I am looking for some one with hair and make-up knowledge (school or self taught) who would be free Saturdays to work a booth selling my Natural Impact hair line. If you are free and would like to work please email me at aperelfashion@gmail.com and I will give you details.

Thanks!

Memphis Open, Tennis Tournament.

Yesterday Morning I was invited to do the ladies’ hair who participated in the hit with a pro tennis clinic and brunch for the opening of the Memphis Open. It was a lovely experience, I met some lovely ladies and even got to me a few of the Pros who are playing in this tournament. If you are a Memphis Local then you really should go out and watch these players. They are amazing and will no doubt be contenders in the Tennis world.

Check out the Memphis Open Website Here

New York Fashion Week Starts Today.

I know that New York has been gearing up for Fashion Week. We already know that Marsala is still our Color of the Year, so I am going to tell you what else is trending for Fall. Over the next few days I will tell you about what hair styles are shown on the catwalk and if there are any new color trends. So far Pantone has released the fall color line of muted earth tones that complement the Marsala color.   Juxtaposition of color from opposite sides of the spectrum emphasizes poise and confidence on the runway. The Fall 2015 palette is rooted in multi-faceted, androgynous colors that can be worn to portray effortless sophistication across men’s and women’s fashion; it is the first time we are seeing a truly unisex color palette.  Says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

You can see the Fall color lineup here at the Pantone Website.

I suspect hair will be lovely naturals in darker tones and caramels. I will report back with what I see.

Correctly using your flat Iron, and other ways to keep your hair healthy and strong.

I have so many of you coming in and sitting in my chair and all of you have the same kind of hair. You have layers that were never cut in. You do not like to get your hair cut on a regular bases and you have a very strong curl pattern. So your hair is dry, damaged, and with so many split ends. Every time I ask about your hair care routine it is always the same. You use a flat iron every day set at 400+ degrees. PLEASE STOP! That is WAY TOO HOT, please do not set your flat iron for anything hotter than 250 Degrees. Make one or two passes over your hair, and try not to do it every single day. Also it is VERY IMPORTANT to use a heat protection spray, make sure that you have applied it to all of your hair, the hair that grows out of the top of your head and the very ends of all your hair are the areas that need the most protection. Use a good product, the stuff from the local drug store is not good enough. Also you do not need to put a lot of heat on the ends they are delicate enough.

When you have super curly hair (before you flat iron) you need to make sure that it is healthy. Curly hair drys out the fastest and usually is the texture of hair that gets straightened the most. (That is a bit obvious, I know.) Maintaining healthy curly hair really depends on how much moisture your hair is getting. Repairing creams and masks are my favorite go-tos to give my hair the moisture it needs. Also give your hair some curly days, all of that tension and heat is zapping out the elasticity and making your hair dull and limp.

Get a hair cut, I know you are growing your hair out, but find a stylist (like me) who will just dust your ends. That means they will just cut off the split ends. This will keep those split ends from splitting all the way up the hair shaft. It will also help manage the ends that are too dry and brittle from the the heat styling. This will help your hair grow faster, healthier, and longer.

If you really want straight no fuss hair, then come see me, I have a few straightening procedures that we can do that will not only straighten your hair but also add much needed protein to help keep it healthy and beautiful. The come in both simi-permanent and permanent types. We can go over that more in a consultation.

Re-Moisturizing Dry Hair.

Lately I have have a few customers with dry hair in my chair and so I thought I would write a little something about some easy ways to make sure that you provide moisture for you tresses.

Today I want to talk about my first go-to when trying to moisturize dry hair, and that is NOT Shampooing. I feel that the soaps and ingredients in shampoo today are harsh and damaging. I personally have not bought real shampoo in quite a while. I use baking soda when my hair need a good cleaning, I mix my baking soda with water in a 1:1 ratio and pour it at the roots of my hair in different sections then massage very gently into my scalp to help break out the grit and grime. Then I rinse that all out and use a little bit of Apple Cider Vinegar to condition. In between those baking soda and vinegar washes, I use just my favorite conditioner to hydrate my hair and cleans ever so gently. Most conditioners have alcohols in them which act like very soft cleansers, it similar to using cold cream to remove make up from your face. You can even skip all of that and just use the hot water from your shower and massage your scalp to loosed the extra dirt and oil, the hot water to help to melt it away. In fact massaging your scalp is a beneficial way to keep your scalp clean and revitalized.

spritzBrushing your hair with a boars hair bristle brush will also help spread the oils that your scalp produces all the way down through your hair strands. This really helps moisturize and condition your hair.

If you hair is still in need of moisture then you can try leave in conditioners like Natural Impact Camellia Spritz. Or any combination of your favorite conditioner and water 1:1 mix ratio in a spray bottle of your choice.

To purchase Camellia Hair Spritz contact Alex at
T: 901 289 9045
aperelfashion@gmail.com

Try it out and see if it works you can always use these methods in combination with your own personal hair care routine.

Sleeping with Curls. How to make sure they look fresh the next day.

Most Curly Girls know that sleeping with curls usually leads to washing them the next day to get them back to their bouncy and beautiful way without the frizz and flatness.

I for one have ALWAYS slept with a satin pillow case and I have found the re-curling sprays will work for the most part. Sometime I also just use a spray bottle of water and the Natural Impact Curl Serum and Himalayan Salt Spray  to get my curls back. However, I am always on the search for new ways to prep my curls for bedtime survival. In my research I have found new ways that seem like they would do the trick:

1) Sleep in Gel. Put that nice hard hold gel in, you can spray down your hair or just lay it on top of dry. Let the gel dry and Vola! As you sleep the gel will crunch out and you will have perfectly formed non-frizzy curls for the day ahead.

2) You can always do variations on the rag curlers and twist your curls up so that they will sleep all nice and snug to your head in protected little twists to keep them together. Let them all down the next morning, put some product in and you are set.

3) Curl refreshing is also a way to make sure your curls are set and ready for the day, you can do this by brushing through your hair with a soft bristle brush to help spread the oils from your scalp to the ends of your hair strands. Then spray a mixture of your favorite conditioner water in a 1:1 ratio and spray that on your hair comb through with a wide tooth comb and twist and style your curls back into shape.

These are my three favorite methods of making sure your curls are great for the next day with out washing. Happy Curling!

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