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The Evil StepmotherCate Blanchett‘s character sets the tone for the rest of the film. “We all loved the 1940s beauty of the stepmother in the cartoon,” says Donne. And while the team didn’t copy the animated version, Powell did want the film to have the look of a “nineteenth-century period film that was made in the ’40s or ’50s.” Blanchett’s dresses all have “a strong, ’40s silhouette, with a pointy bosom and padded shoulders,” says Powell, who looked to villainous characters from that era, including Joan Crawford and Marlene Dietrich. Hemming pinned Blanchett’s hair into a victory roll, using combs to secure the various hats and feathers (all fitted, sewn, and dyed for the film). Her red lipstick—one element kept from the animated version—”was classic 1940s but also gave her that wicked feel,” says Donne.