Harry Potter and the not quite original wedding dress...

I went to see HP 7.1 Last night. 
We spent an hour and a half queuing for a decent seat (we got the best ones in the house might I add!) to see a film that I've been waiting months for. As many, many others have too I guess.

Anyway, I'm not going to review it, that would be stupid as any decent HP fan that has actually read the books will know what there in for judging the poetic licence that has taken place in the previous films.

What I do want to talk about is how Fleur Delacour's wedding dress went from 'simple white' in the book, to an imitation allmost carbon copy of the late Alexander McQueen's 2008:2009 Autumn/Winter Peacock dress.

Oh sorry it's not Peacocks on Fleur's dress... It's two phoenixes...
-tries hard not to roll eyes-

Having spent 5 years studying fashion and design I know that inspiration has to come from somewhere. 
We are not gods...  

But still...
This dress is so special to me, as Alexander McQueen along with Vivienne Westwood are my idols and that dress is one of the main reasons why I passed my exams back in 2009.
I have been in love with this dress since the moment I layed my eyes on it for the first time in class.
I have countless croquis of the adaptation in off white that I plan to (one day) get married in.

Since last night, my shock and slight amusement upon seeing Fleur's adapted Phoenix dress has turned into disappointment and slight anger. Egotistic as it might be and less so for the sake of ripping off a haute-couture dress.
I've spent the better part of the morning looking on line to see other peoples reactions to the dress and apart from the fashion bloggers anger a much more futile phenomena has upset me even more.

The sheer amount of girls now wanting to get married in that same dress. 'My' dress.
-disheartened sigh-
Costume designer Jany Temine, who has worked on five of the Harry Potter movies had this to say about the dress anyway ::

"For the wedding dress, I wanted it to be a witch wedding dress but not a Halloween dress. The dress is white but it needed to have something fantastic to it. So there is the phoenix [motif], the bird, which is a symbol of love in a way because there is rebirth, love never dies, it is born again. So we have that in front of the dress to give a feeling of eternal love. It was the symbol of Dumbledore, too, but it is the symbol of love for the dress."

I wouldn't mind, I was thinking, as the film rolled on around me what a lovely tribute as Dumbledore was the main mentor of the latter films, that the phoenix symbolised his presence and  that perhaps the costume designer had made this dress as a little clin d'œil to a late mentor in fashion ... Perhaps not. 
As she i denying any knowledge of Alexander McQueen's dress and calling it her own creation.

I'll let you decide... Original? Inspired? or just plain copied?

P.S. Did anyone else notice the missing Goblin Tiara ?! Plot points ??!!


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