CRESSIDA’S DANCE: Mulberry launches the first of three short films in its new digital stories series today, a dance project featuring British actress-model-aristocrat Cressida Bonas. To celebrate the brand’s spring collection, which, per tradition, was inspired by an English garden, set designer Michael Howells, choreographer Martin Joyce and up-and-coming director Ivana Bobic concocted a magical world inside an 18th-century Clerkenwell courthouse with copious amounts of grass, sunlight and mirrors. Set to ESG’s catchy “Dance” track, Bonas enters the house wearing the Buttercup dress, and begins grooving her way up the stairs and into a mirrored room containing a handbag.
“It was so much fun. I had a choreographed routine, but a lot of it was improvised because the music just makes you want to dance naturally,” said Bonas, who trained at the Trinity Laban Dance Conservatoire in London, and will make her feature film debut in “Tulip Fever” later this year. Bonas, the former girlfriend of Prince Harry, is the youngest daughter of Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon and has acted in several plays in London’s West End.
“Cressida is such a natural on camera, and I always like to leave a little room for improvisation with any project,” Bobic said. The writer-director, who studied at Central Saint Martins and is working on an improvised thriller feature, said she’s embracing the digital world as a forum for exposure. “It’s amazing how many people around the world can see your work, although I am still a fan of old-fashioned film.”
British actor Freddie Fox also has a cameo in the short, although he conceded, “Cres is the real star.” Although Bonas says she’s not much of a clotheshorse as she prefers long skirts and trainers, she is a fan of Mulberry’s handbags and offered, “I’d wear some of their longer dresses with trainers.”