Lily James Says Wearing Cinderella’s Dress ‘Was Like Torture,’ While Her Character’s Hour-Glass Figure Drives Corset Sales

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Every girl would love the opportunity to wear Cinderella’s iconic blue ball dress. But Cinderella star herself Lily James didn’t enjoy wearing the ball gown that much. The actress revealed that the dress wasn’t as comfortable as it looked.

Lily James, the lucky woman who landed the role of Cinderella in the live-action movie, told The Washington Post that it was difficult to wear the blue gown for long periods of time.

“The dress that [costume designer] Sandy Powell created — I mean I think she’s a genius and I’m grateful for that dress — but it was like torture. It was so tight and delicate.”

James revealed that it took 45 minutes for her to change in and out of the gown. She added that it was a complicated dress that was made out of “12 layers of silk and different colors.”

The actress did admit that she felt like a princess every time she wore the gown. Lily added, “It did feel quite magical every time I put it on. So it kind of does all the work for you.”


Meanwhile, Cinderella’s hour-glass figure, as seen in the film, has caused a 55 percent rise in corset sales, says The Daily Mail. The report says that women are looking to have a smaller waist, much like the one James flaunts in the movie.

What Katie Did, a leading retailer in steel-boned women’s corsets has seen sales grow by 50 percent in the past three months. Online auction site eBay has also seen its share of corset sales rise by 54 percent since last December.

Lily’s iconic hour-glass figure was also the center of controversy since the movie’s trailer was released. Some people thought that her waist was practically nonexistent. Fans believed that Lily’s waist was digitally altered. The actress quashed the rumors and said that a corset and a liquid diet gave her a small waist. Lily spoke to E! News about the rumors swirling about her slim figure.

“When [the corset] was on we would be on continuous days, so we wouldn’t stop for lunch or a lovely tea — you’d be sort of eating on the move. In that case, I couldn’t untie the corset. So if you ate food it didn’t really digest properly and I’d be burping all afternoon in and it was just really sort of unpleasant. I’d have soup so that I could still eat but it wouldn’t get stuck.”

All of that controversy has worked for the Cinderella movie. The Inquisitr previously reported that the movie opened with an estimate of $70.1 million at the box office. You could say that this film swept a lot of women off their feet. Cinderella also made $62.4 million internationally, making it the highest opening ever for any Kenneth Branagh-directed movie.

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