The Wicked Evolution of Cruella de Vil

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Cruella is back! Our favourite dastardly Dalmation-hating Disney villainess finally returns to our screens in the long awaited live-action prequel. Emma Stone puts on her best British accent to play Estrella, a young fashionista plundering swinging 1970s London with her two sidekicks, terrorising the grand damme Baroness Von Hellman before transforming into the Cruella De Vil we all know and love… to hate. Join us as we take a tour of Cruella’s iconic incarnations over the years, complete with cool merch hand-selected to celebrate one of the cruellest, yet most enduring, of all Disney villains.

1. Cruella De Vil Figure by Giuseppe Armani

Arribas Bros.

Cruella De Vil Figure by Giuseppe Armani Official shopDisney

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Not an actual spoiler, but you can expect plenty of grand larceny, theft and petty pilfering in the latest Cruella movie as Estrella runs wild with returning henchmen, brothers Horace and Jay. This fine Giuseppe Armani figure would be high up on their shoplifting list. A collector’s delight, and of such superb quality there’s no doubt they’d snatch this up to add to their ill-gotten gains. It’s the perfect designer doll to display your fine taste and diva energy. 

 

The version of the character immortalised by this figurine is perhaps the most famous, originally designed for Disney’s 1961 animated adaptation of Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians—title tweaked to become One Hundred and One Dalmatians for the screen, of course. Animated by famed Disney “ladies’ man” artist Marc Davis (so-called because of his work on female characters), and voiced by Betty Lou Gerson, this incarnation of Cruella was based on Hollywood actress Tallulah Bankhead. We’re not sure how she felt about that.

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Not an actual spoiler, but you can expect plenty of grand larceny, theft and petty pilfering in the latest Cruella movie as Estrella runs wild with returning henchmen, brothers Horace and Jay. This fine Giuseppe Armani figure would be high up on their shoplifting list. A collector’s delight, and of such superb quality there’s no doubt they’d snatch this up to add to their ill-gotten gains. It’s the perfect designer doll to display your fine taste and diva energy. The version of the character immortalised by this figurine is perhaps the most famous, originally designed for Disney’s 1961 animated adaptation of Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians—title tweaked to become One Hundred and One Dalmatians for the screen, of course. Animated by famed Disney “ladies’ man” artist Marc Davis (so-called because of his work on female characters), and voiced by Betty Lou Gerson, this incarnation of Cruella was based on Hollywood actress Tallulah Bankhead. We’re not sure how she felt about that.

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2. Our Universe Disney One Hundred and One Dalmatians Cruella De Vil Live Fast Long Sleeve T-Shirt

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Disney Villains Cruella de Vil Live Fast Drive Faster Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Disney

Costume designer Jenny Beavan is responsible for the phenomenal fashion moments in the new movie. Sci-fi fans witnessed her show stopping work in Mad Max: Fury Road for which she won an Oscar. In true Cruella style, she stopped the show by striding up to receive her award in jeans and a motorcycle jacket emblazoned with a bejewelled flaming skull. Make your own statement with this comfy long-sleeved tee featuring a wild-eyed Cruella racing off to carry out some nefarious deeds, no doubt.

Again based upon the famed One Hundred and One Dalmatians design, this image conveys the mania that Disney imbued the character with, switching up the cool detachment associated with Smith’s on-the-page creation. The T-shirt also channels the red and black car Cruella drives in the film.

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Costume designer Jenny Beavan is responsible for the phenomenal fashion moments in the new movie. Sci-fi fans witnessed her show stopping work in Mad Max: Fury Road for which she won an Oscar. In true Cruella style, she stopped the show by striding up to receive her award in jeans and a motorcycle jacket emblazoned with a bejewelled flaming skull. Make your own statement with this comfy long-sleeved tee featuring a wild-eyed Cruella racing off to carry out some nefarious deeds, no doubt. Again based upon the famed One Hundred and One Dalmatians design, this image conveys the mania that Disney imbued the character with, switching up the cool detachment associated with Smith’s on-the-page creation. The T-shirt also channels the red and black car Cruella drives in the film.

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3. Black and White Wigs for Cruella Deville Cosplay Costume

Black and White Wigs for Cruella Deville Cosplay Costume

From ScarJo, to Iggy Azalea to Monica Bellucci, and even Khloe Kardashian, everyone loves to cosplay as Cruella. One of the most striking ways to emulate this icon is by replicating her unmistakable coiffure—perfect, in fact, for Disneybounding fans. In the Dodie Smith novel, The Hundred and One Dalmations, where Cruella de Vil first makes her appearance, she is described as having hair parted severely down the middle (to the delight of Gen-Z TikTokers everywhere), with one half black and the other white. You will be relieved to hear that you won’t need to destroy your natural hair colour to achieve this look, simply pop on one of these handy Cruella wigs, slip on a mink and you’re in business, darling!

 

Cruella’s hairstyle has changed over the years across the various incarnations of the character. The stark black and white contrasting locks have remained a constant, except for the time in the novel when the black side turned white and the white side green from shock. Otherwise, styles have variously ranged from the coiffed lengths of Victoria Smurfit’s Once Upon a Time take to the dramatic curls of Wendy Raquel Robinson’s Cruella from Disney Channel Original Movie Descendents and Emma Stone’s latest version. 

And then, of course, there’s the severely-styled fashion-led looks and untamed wild tangles displayed in Glenn Close’s portrayal from both 101 Dalmatians and sequel 102 Dalmatians. Not to mention the various animated hairstyles there have been—1961’s iconic depiction displays a suitably eccentric quasi-mullet, while the 101 Dalmatians TV series leans heavily into angularity, with 101 Dalmatian Street channeling an almost Cubist inspiration.

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From ScarJo, to Iggy Azalea to Monica Bellucci, and even Khloe Kardashian, everyone loves to cosplay as Cruella. One of the most striking ways to emulate this icon is by replicating her unmistakable coiffure—perfect, in fact, for Disneybounding fans. In the Dodie Smith novel, The Hundred and One Dalmations, where Cruella de Vil first makes her appearance, she is described as having hair parted severely down the middle (to the delight of Gen-Z TikTokers everywhere), with one half black and the other white. You will be relieved to hear that you won’t need to destroy your natural hair colour to achieve this look, simply pop on one of these handy Cruella wigs, slip on a mink and you’re in business, darling! Cruella’s hairstyle has changed over the years across the various incarnations of the character. The stark black and white contrasting locks have remained a constant, except for the time in the novel when the black side turned white and the white side green from shock. Otherwise, styles have variously ranged from the coiffed lengths of Victoria Smurfit’s Once Upon a Time take to the dramatic curls of Wendy Raquel Robinson’s Cruella from Disney Channel Original Movie Descendents and Emma Stone’s latest version. And then, of course, there’s the severely-styled fashion-led looks and untamed wild tangles displayed in Glenn Close’s portrayal from both 101 Dalmatians and sequel 102 Dalmatians. Not to mention the various animated hairstyles there have been—1961’s iconic depiction displays a suitably eccentric quasi-mullet, while the 101 Dalmatians TV series leans heavily into angularity, with 101 Dalmatian Street channeling an almost Cubist inspiration.

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4. Disney Villains Cruella De Vil Magazine Cover T-Shirt

Disney Villains Cruella De Vil Magazine Cover T-Shirt

A quick Google search will throw up a million photoshoots all inspired by Cruella, a confirmed fashion addict herself well known for her striking silhouette, love of all things fur (boo!) and of course a penchant for a spotted dalmatian motif. Emma Stone herself is no stranger to the cover of Vogue, but even she would have to admit Cruella de Vil would give her a run for her money as she features on this sassy T-shirt design, which emphasises the villain’s obsession with fur.

 

In the source novel, Cruella is very attached to a mink cloak given to her by her subservient husband—a furrier—which she wears throughout summer because she says she never finds anything too warm. Cruella is aligned to the devil in more than just name—Dodie Smith portrays her flat as Hellish, and she’s closely associated with fire. In both the novel and Disney’s 1961 animation, Cruella is shown to be very disappointed when she thinks the dalmatian puppies are faulty—and therefore worthless—with their all-white coats until she learns that the spots will develop later.

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A quick Google search will throw up a million photoshoots all inspired by Cruella, a confirmed fashion addict herself well known for her striking silhouette, love of all things fur (boo!) and of course a penchant for a spotted dalmatian motif. Emma Stone herself is no stranger to the cover of Vogue, but even she would have to admit Cruella de Vil would give her a run for her money as she features on this sassy T-shirt design, which emphasises the villain’s obsession with fur. In the source novel, Cruella is very attached to a mink cloak given to her by her subservient husband—a furrier—which she wears throughout summer because she says she never finds anything too warm. Cruella is aligned to the devil in more than just name—Dodie Smith portrays her flat as Hellish, and she’s closely associated with fire. In both the novel and Disney’s 1961 animation, Cruella is shown to be very disappointed when she thinks the dalmatian puppies are faulty—and therefore worthless—with their all-white coats until she learns that the spots will develop later.

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5. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - CRUELLA (Travel size)

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - CRUELLA (Travel size)

Despite her dreadful behaviour and love of all things fur, it is clear that Cruella has wicked cool style. Cosmetics firm Nars agrees, and they’ve produced this nifty lip pencil named after her. Makes perfect sense, as every budding villainess needs a handy lip pencil to keep that malevolent sneer looking freshly terrifying. (Take note of The Joker for how to really work a terrifying baddie snarl.) ‘Cruella’ is a passionate dark, red shade that will suit all skin tones and glides on with a velvety smooth texture and matt finish. Long lasting and bold, this is the lip pencil to make an entrance with. (Be sure to big bad it up with a suitably snarky cackle!)

 

While Cruella’s hair at times might reflect her mental state, she is never unkempt — oh, wait, except for that time she got dumped in a giant mixing bowl. She’s certainly never without a slash of red lipstick, at least.

$19.99

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Despite her dreadful behaviour and love of all things fur, it is clear that Cruella has wicked cool style. Cosmetics firm Nars agrees, and they’ve produced this nifty lip pencil named after her. Makes perfect sense, as every budding villainess needs a handy lip pencil to keep that malevolent sneer looking freshly terrifying. (Take note of The Joker for how to really work a terrifying baddie snarl.) ‘Cruella’ is a passionate dark, red shade that will suit all skin tones and glides on with a velvety smooth texture and matt finish. Long lasting and bold, this is the lip pencil to make an entrance with. (Be sure to big bad it up with a suitably snarky cackle!) While Cruella’s hair at times might reflect her mental state, she is never unkempt — oh, wait, except for that time she got dumped in a giant mixing bowl. She’s certainly never without a slash of red lipstick, at least.

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6. Cruella (Reveal) Pop! Vinyl Figure

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POP! Disney: Cruella- Cruella (Reveal) Funko, LLC GameStop

Funko, LLC

We’re pretty sure this will win Best Dressed Bobblehead of 2021. The action figure to dominate any desktop, it’s the Cruella Reveal Pop! Vinyl figure wearing that dress from the trailer… you know the one, Estella walks into a party, the whole room turns to look and gasps as she ignites a white cloak that burns off in a plume of flames to reveal a body-hugging red mermaid gown. Costume maker Ian Wallace was inspired by Charles James’s 1955 couture ‘Tree’ dress and this figurine carries it off with aplomb.

$11.99

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We’re pretty sure this will win Best Dressed Bobblehead of 2021. The action figure to dominate any desktop, it’s the Cruella Reveal Pop! Vinyl figure wearing that dress from the trailer… you know the one, Estella walks into a party, the whole room turns to look and gasps as she ignites a white cloak that burns off in a plume of flames to reveal a body-hugging red mermaid gown. Costume maker Ian Wallace was inspired by Charles James’s 1955 couture ‘Tree’ dress and this figurine carries it off with aplomb.

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7. Disney Villains Cruella De Vil Raspberry Face Mask

Disney Villains Cruella De Vil Raspberry Face Mask

You’d think that if Cruella was responsible for any kind of merchable mask it would be styled after Mike Myers or Jason Vorheese… you would be wrong though. It seems that even hard working villains need to fit in some self care now and then. It’s a pity that Cruella’s favourite food—pepper, as first revealed in the novel—has probably destroyed her sense of smell so she won’t be able to enjoy the scrummy scent of this delicious raspberry fragranced face mask. Although she’ll surely appreciate the complexion clearing benefits and antioxidant properties.

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You’d think that if Cruella was responsible for any kind of merchable mask it would be styled after Mike Myers or Jason Vorheese… you would be wrong though. It seems that even hard working villains need to fit in some self care now and then. It’s a pity that Cruella’s favourite food—pepper, as first revealed in the novel—has probably destroyed her sense of smell so she won’t be able to enjoy the scrummy scent of this delicious raspberry fragranced face mask. Although she’ll surely appreciate the complexion clearing benefits and antioxidant properties.

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8. Hot Wheels Cruella DeVille

Hot Wheels Cruella DeVille

Herbie the Love Bug, Lightning McQueen, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the DeLorean… Hollywood is not short of impressive and beloved cars, but let’s face it, if there was a massive car fight club a la, well, Fight Club, Cruella DeVille’s ride would be Tyler Durden and beat the bejeesus out of all of them. The inspiration for both Cruella and her fierce wheels sparked in 1939 when author Dodie Smith purchased a new Rolls-Royce 25/30 “Sedanca de Ville” motorcar in which she and her pet Dalmatian “Pongo” frequently travelled. In the book, the car was painted with black and white stripes; Disney’s animated movie switched up the colour scheme to red and black. Now you can get your own Hot Wheels replica to gift or adorn your shelves. Just make sure it doesn’t terrorise your other toys…

$5.49

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Herbie the Love Bug, Lightning McQueen, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the DeLorean… Hollywood is not short of impressive and beloved cars, but let’s face it, if there was a massive car fight club a la, well, Fight Club, Cruella DeVille’s ride would be Tyler Durden and beat the bejeesus out of all of them. The inspiration for both Cruella and her fierce wheels sparked in 1939 when author Dodie Smith purchased a new Rolls-Royce 25/30 “Sedanca de Ville” motorcar in which she and her pet Dalmatian “Pongo” frequently travelled. In the book, the car was painted with black and white stripes; Disney’s animated movie switched up the colour scheme to red and black. Now you can get your own Hot Wheels replica to gift or adorn your shelves. Just make sure it doesn’t terrorise your other toys…

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