First up we were taken on a quick tour of the Cinderella exhibition, where you can get up close and personal with all the costumes and props from the film, including the ACTUAL glass slipper. It’s made by Swarovski and, as you can see from the photos, is sparklier than the sparkliest thing you can imagine. It’s quite transfixing actually, I could have stood and looked at it all night. Another highlight of the exhibition is the pumpkin carriage, all lit up inside with beautiful little fairy lights, which you walk through and come out on the other side of to be faced with the famous golden carriage which takes Cinderella to the ball. The costumes are a joy to see in real life, they’re so intricately detailed and everything a fairy-tale deserves. The exhibition is now open to the public and I really would recommend squeezing in a visit if you can, especially if you have children (because then you can blame it on them if you accidentally let out an excited squeal).
We were then taken along the ‘red’ carpet – which was actually blue, very fitting – and into the venue itself to be seated. There was then a brief, and very funny, introduction from the director and then a Frozen short (also very funny, courtesy of Olaf) before the film began. I’ve been desperate to see the film ever since I heard it was being made and it truly didn’t disappoint. Disney just have a way of making you feel like you’re 10 years old again, with that excited feeling in your belly that anything is possible. I did, however, well up at the scene with the Fairy Godmother (played amazingly by Helena Bonham Carter) which my 10 year old self would not have been proud of. I read somewhere that Lily James was doubtful that she could fill Cinderella’s (glass) shoes, but she was absolutely perfect in the part and slipped seamlessly into the role of Princess. The stand out performance for me, however, was Cate Blanchett, who completely blew me away with her performance as Evil Stepmother. Honestly, you’ll know what I mean when you watch it… all bow down to Queen Cate. Even though we all know the storyline, I won’t say too much more so that you can go and enjoy it for yourself, but I really, truly couldn't recommend it more – it’s happy, it’s sad, it’s funny (look out for Rob Brydon’s cameo) and, above of, it’s utterly magical.
Cinderella hits cinemas this Friday (27th March) and, in the meantime, the 'Design a Dress' competition is still running over on the Cinderella Tumblr hub, so you've still got time to enter that if you fancy!