…because they are stunning. This whole movie is a visual splendour, but the costumes by the late and great Eiko Ishioka are especially noteworthy and really haven’t gotten their due.
The costume design for Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins was Ishioka’s last major feat, having passed away recently in January 2012. She was nominated for an Oscar for the costume design for this movie posthumously, which was her second nomination–she won in 1992 for her costumes in Bram Stoker’s Dracula!
While Mirror Mirror wasn’t exactly a blockbuster, there are other things to admire in addition to Ishioka’s designs: it was directed by a man of colour (Tarsem Signh), Ishioka was of course a woman of colour, it passes the Bechdel Test, and the cast is relatively diverse which is nice. Really though, you should just watch it for the visuals–lets see how far you can get scrolling through all these pictures before you decide to rent/download it…
Above: Roberts’ character playing chess with real people in amazing costumes, of course.
Below: Even the costumes of the castle staff are amazing, like they’re in paintings or something.
Above: Collins’ first appearance in a beautiful embroidered blush gown.
Above: Snow makes a break for it in a chartreuse cape, while the Queen calls out “Mirror Mirror” in a similar shade.
Above: The Queen done up as a peacock, Snow as a swan below. If you’re thinking OMG SWAN DRESS = BJÖRK, it’s no coincidence–Ishioka directed the video for Björk’s “Cocoon“.
Above: Don’t know who this guy is, but this walrus costume is amazing, no?
Above: The Queen getting dressed for her wedding below.
Above & below: The colours! The shapes!
ABove: Snow crashes the wedding with her partners in crime. Below, the royal guests are not impressed.
Above: The Queen’s wedding dress. Can you see this amazing dress???
Below: Snow and Queen’s last showdown, Roberts is looking especially fantastic in that silk cape.
Above: All good movies end with a big party and great costumes. An especially interesting dress for Snow considering it’s her wedding dress! Love the youthful, non-traditional spirit of this gown, much like Snow’s character.
Want more Ishioka? Check out the links below.
Fashion Archive: Eiko Ishioka on Dazed Digital
Tumblr: F*ck Yea Eiko Ishioka
A Look Back at the Magical Work of Mirror Mirror Costume Designer Eiko Ishioka on Fashionista