If you’re going to see Snow White and the Huntsman this weekend, here's an amazing couture gown worn by Charlize Theron (Queen Ravena) that you will most likely miss.
Sadly, this turquoise creation is only in the film for a few fleeting seconds due to editing, but it's one of the most provocative and intriguing creations we’ve seen from three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood.
The jagged-shouldered, gold and turquoise chiffon gown, with what looks like bits of moss around the neck, is adorned with the brilliantly bright and shiny turquoise shells of dung beetles. The beetles are eaten in Thailand as a protein source and their beautiful discarded shells were spotted by Atwood in a Thai flea market, where she was searching for unique materials for her Snow White costumes.
Atwood was thrilled to find out that she could source large quantities of the shells because insects are actually farmed over in Thailand.
Director Rupert Sanders had told Atwood that he wanted a progressively rotting, decaying look to Ravena’s gowns that would telegraph her character’s physical and psychic decay, as well as her spiraling descent into madness.
The gorgeous jewel-like shells were so razor sharp that they were "treacherous" to handle, says Atwood. Her unfortunate sewers had to drill holes in the shells to sew them on the gown and some had to wear gloves to protect their fingers.
Sadly, you barely notice the amazing gown in the film. It’s glimpsed for just a few seconds during a scene in which Theron is in a dimly lit castle stairwell.
We just thought you might like a close up look at this creative gown. Now, anyone for a dung beetle salad?