By Helen Yu
July 09, 2021
Black-and-white ensembles, punk aesthetics and extravagant gowns—channel your inner Disney Villain with these Cruella-inspired fashion looks
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably succumbed to the Cruella craze as I have. The interesting plot, star-studded cast, and above all else, its jaw-dropping costumes inspired by the vibrant punk scene of 1970s London.
Since the release of Cruella, which is also known as the prequel to Disney’s iconic 101 Dalmatians, many have been totally enticed by the garments worn by Estella de Vil (Emma Stone), and no one can’t stop talking about how fashionable and gorgeous the villain looks throughout the movie. Estella mesmerised us with a whopping 47 different costumes, many of them being quite elaborate—or, to put it another way, the film contains copious amounts of eye candy to impress us fashion lovers.
With a fashion-focused plot that follows aspiring designer Estella who eventually becomes the wicked, notoriously stylish Cruella, two-time Emmy-Award winning British costume designer Jenny Beavan was appointed by Disney to create pieces for the lead character. Taking inspirations from the works by Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, each outfit is carefully designed and chosen to best illustrate the character’s rebellious evolution in the movie, with styles ranging from minimalist workwear, to bold gowns featuring punk aesthetic that Estella later embraces as the bold Cruella.
If you too have been totally swayed by this feast for the eyes and want to channel your inner Disney villain, we’ve put together a list of Cruella-inspired pieces you can wear on daily basis, or for upcoming parties and celebrations.
Read on to discover our favourite style moments from the movie.
When Estella begins working for the Baroness (Emma Thompson), a disdainful and devastatingly chic fashion legend, she regularly flaunts her fashion sense in loose, black garments with subtle ‘70s punk vibes. Instead of the typical couture pieces you’d see on a stylish character in a fashion film, Estella went with completely black ensembles and minimal makeup, and ditched accessories to let her fiery red hair do the talking.
This look is very easy to achieve and can be incorporated into any wardrobe to make everyday workwear feel a little chicer—whether you opt for the black buttoned blouse plus suit trousers combo, or pair a sleeveless black top with a leather skirt. Follow Estella’s minimalist approach and add the perfect finishing touch to the outfit with a beret and a pair of cat’s eyeglasses.
Earlier before Estella scored a job at the Baroness’s fashion house, where she creates and adopts glorious disguises for heists, she also caught our attention with an ensemble that deviates from her ordinary styles as a bus passenger or hotel chambermaid in the thieving phase. The outfit, which is meant to present herself as a glamorous young woman, features a luxury Capucines bag from Louis Vuitton to complete a classy, sophisticated look.
How can we forget the scene when Estella lights her white cape on fire to reveal a red gown at the black-and-white ball hosted by the Baroness? Arguably the most iconic, memorable outfit in the movie, the red dress, is Estella’s alter-ego, Cruella’s own take on an old dress from the Baroness’ 1965 collection.
This piece has been deconstructed and reconstructed to showcase Cruella’s creative freedom, which comes with a mermaid silhouette accentuated by an asymmetric, sweetheart neckline. She keeps things simple, and complements the gown with long red gloves and a black mask for a show-stopping look that we won’t forget anytime soon.
If you’re looking to make a statement at your next gathering and holiday party, a red dress like this is sure to make way for a gorgeous look to turn heads.
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