Cruella, the Disney prequel imagining the early years of the dalmatian-hunting ubervillain, has arrived on our screens, and safe to say it is the fashiest film of the year. With Emma Stone as Cruella and Emma Thompson as her rival, the Baroness, it looks to be a stylistic face-off, not least since their battlefield is quite literally fashion: the Baroness is a couturier in 1970s London, and Cruella her apprentice. So who is the woman entrusted with designing this sartorial feast?
Step forward Jenny Beavan, a woman who confesses jollily that “fashion isn’t my thing”. A woman who received an Oscar wearing an M&S pleather jacket, and whose attitude to the red carpet is so relaxed that Stephen Fry once welcomed her to the stage as a “bag lady” (more of that later). Even when we discuss the film via Zoom, she sticks unrepentantly to her line.