Viva haute couture! Oz the Great and Powerful is the ultimate tribute to the great fashion designers of the 20th century. Sure James Franco is charming as the traveling magician, but this movie is truly about the fiercely dressed witches poised to rule the enchanted land of Oz in their fitted sleeves and cinched waists.
Rachel Weisz is wickedly stylish as Evanora, one of the three witches of Oz. Evanora’s gowns capture the statuesque silhouettes and meticulous craftsmanship of Gilbert Adrian, costume designer for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Evanora wears a stunning black chiffon gown embellished with sparkling sequins and bugle beads. Her molded sweetheart bodice includes a flowing green chiffon cape with feather trim.
Mila Kunis plays Evanora’s wildly explosive sister Theodora. Her costumes reflect her complex character from a demure black and white ball gown, inspired by Hubert de Givenchy’s designs for Audrey Hepburn in the 1955 film Sabrina, to a sculpted black leather corset influenced by Thierry Mugler’s Spring/Summer 1997 Haute Couture collection.
Michelle Williams is endearing as Glinda the Good Qitch. Her first two looks are reminiscent of Alexander McQueen’s medieval inspired Fall/Winter 2010-11 collection. Both gowns are draped in white chiffon with gold lame and feather accents. Her final look is a structured two tiered off-the-shoulder gown in iridescent white organza with pearl inlay, influenced by Giorgio Armani’s Privé collection for Spring/Summer 2010.
Oz the Great and Powerful is an instant cult classic packed with witty humor and impressive visual effects. According to Glinda, "Hope is the one thing that is stronger than fear." Oz manages to deliver a much-needed glimmer of hope and style to audiences of all ages.
Reviewer: Jesse Negrete, Reference & Student Services Specialist FIDM San Diego Campus