A head in striking black and white. Red lips. A beauty mark. Eyes with a glint in them.
We’re talking about Cruella De Vil, of course.
To children in the ’90s, she was the nightmare who wanted to skin the poor pups in 101 Dalmatians, but in Cruella the movie, we get to meet a child named Estella, who at a young age befriended a pair of thieves and learned to survive by making mischief.
As a young woman, Estella (played by Emma Stone) knows a thing or two about fashion, and her flair for it catches the attention of Baroness von Hellman (played by Emma Thompson), a fashion designer and icon.
The film plays out a series of events that lead to the transformation of Estella to Cruella De Vil, and part of that fantasy was very much the brainchild of the movie’s hair and makeup designer, Nadia Stacey.
Over Zoom, we asked the Academy Award winner about her inspiration behind the intricate and beautiful looks of Estella/Cruella and the Baroness, as well as why creating looks for this movie was perhaps one of the biggest challenges of her career.