New 'Cinderella' Illustrations Give The Fairy Tale A Darker Edge

February 5, 2015 2:06 PM

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New 'Cinderella' Illustrations Give The Fairy Tale A Darker Edge

Cinderella, perhaps the sweetest and blandest of our most popular fairy tales, has always seemed to inspire a pastel-hued vision among readers and illustrators. The iconic Disney cartoon, of course, most memorably features the delicate blonde Cinderella in a pale blue, shimmering ballgown, her soft, neat curves and girlish wardrobe contrasted with the sharp-featured evil stepmother and stepsisters. The new live-action film, which Disney is releasing this spring, follows the same playbook, juxtaposing innocent Cinderella's flaxen curls and soft blue garments with her evil stepfamily's rigid updos and jewel-toned gowns.

A new edition of Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper by Charles Perrault explores familiar territory, but with a refreshingly new aesthetic thanks to illustrator Camille Rose Garcia. Though the morally-minded Perrault version of the fairy tale has more in common with the sanitized Disney films t...

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