In celebration of the release of Disney’s live action film inspired by the classic fairy tale “Cinderella,” Disney Consumer Products and Saks Fifth Avenue have enlisted nine luxury designer shoe brands across the globe to design an enchanting collection of shoes that re-imagine Cinderella’s iconic glass slipper.
Shoe Brands Update Cinderella’s Glass Slipper
The distinguished designers, in alphabetical order, are: Paul Andrew, Alexandre Birman, René Caovilla, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Nicholas Kirkwood, Charlotte Olympia, Jerome C. Rousseau, and Stuart Weitzman. Each brand has created its own interpretation of the famed glass slipper Cinderella accidentally leaves behind when the clock strikes midnight.
“Saks aims to bring back the magic in retail, and what better way to celebrate than enchanting our customers with dazzling footwear fit to make any dream come true.”
“Cinderella’s glass slipper has become a magical symbol of transformation,” said Jonathan Symington, vice president and general manager, licensing, Disney Entertainment at Disney Consumer Products. “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.
The Cinderella Slipper (shown above) that appears in Disney’s 2015 movie was produced by Swarovski under the direction of Academy Award-winning costume designer Sandy Powell.
Below the designers share sketches of the shoes and the inspirations for their designs.
“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.” –Sandra Choi, creative director for Jimmy Choo
“Passion and never ending research don’t draw the line at fantasy and creativity. This is how dreams come true in our fairy tale.” — René Caovilla
Jerome C. Rousseau:
“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.” — Jerome C. Rousseau
“It’s a shoe I imagine a modern princess would wear.” — Alexandre Birman
“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.” — Massimiliano Giornetti, creative director at Salvatore Ferragamo
“Cinderella has both delicate and strong qualities as a character. The moment of transformation emphasizes both and gave me the design inspiration to create a piece that spoke to the film’s magic.” — Nicholas Kirkwood
“This transparent platform shoe made with my signature PVC & perspex materials is adorned with star and crystal detailing as befits any princess.” — Charlotte Olympia
“Cinderella in 2015 has a timeless appeal. The diamond and translucent bootie enhance the vision I have of her.” — Stuart Weitzman
“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.” — Paul Andrew
“The tale of Cinderella is rich in romance and tradition thus the collaboration between Saks Fifth Avenue and Disney felt natural,” said Mark Briggs, Chief Marketing and Creative Officer. “Saks aims to bring back the magic in retail, and what better way to celebrate than enchanting our customers with dazzling footwear fit to make any dream come true.”
In early March, Saks Fifth Avenue will bring Disney’s “Cinderella” to life by creating enchanting fairytale vignettes within the center six windows of its New York flagship as well as select windows in its Beverly Hills location. The windows will prominently feature the complete designer footwear collection as well as select props from the film, including costumes and spellbinding pumpkins. In addition to the windows, both locations will display the footwear collection on 10022-SHOE, Saks’ dedicated shoe floor Zip Code. Lily James and Richard Madden will also star on the covers of Saks Fifth Avenue’s latest March Magalog – the new, elevated rendition of its fashion catalog. The Magalog debuts March 4, 2015.
This iconic story told in spectacular live action is directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, and includes the stellar cast of Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter and more. The Walt Disney Studios film “Cinderella” is in theatres March 13, 2015.
The shoes will be available in the following stores around the world: Saks Fifth Avenue, New York and Beverly Hills; Harrods, London; Galeries Lafayette, Paris; Excelsior Milano, Milan; Tsum, Moscow; Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyo; and Level Shoe District, The Dubai Mall, Dubai
UPDATE: See all the final designs for the shoes now here
shoe images, designer quotes and press release courtesy of Disney
This is not the first time shoe brands have re-created a shoe from a classic book/movie. Designers did the same with Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz a few years back. The resulting designs were truly wicked.