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[FEATURED] Helena Bonham Carter says it was a lot of fun to play fashion designer Rose Weil in Ocean’s 8. Enter to win a trip to Milan to attend Fashion Week.

If you’re executing a heist at the fashion-forward Met Gala, it has to be done in style. Enter fashion designer Rose Weil, played by versatile actress Helena Bonham Carter in the highly anticipated movie, Ocean’s 8. Weil is looped into the heist plan because the crew, naturally, is in desperate need of amazing gowns. After all, they need to blend in too.

Bonham Carter reveals she was attracted to the script because she has never acted in a heist movie before.

“I’ve never been in a film with eight women leads and it’s about time,” she says. “I think it’s a bit of a benchmark in giving so many women parts that were traditionally male. That was a bonus, but I also thought it would be fun.”

What did you learn about the world of fashion during the making of Ocean’s 8?

Helena Bonham Carter (HBC): In the story, Rose makes an amazing frock for Anne Hathaway’s character, so I had some wonderful lessons about how to cut a frock. [American fashion designer] Gary Graham helped me, as did [Irish fashion designer] Simone Rocha, and the production’s costume department, led by Sarah Edwards. That education I received allowed me see the world from their point of view. It was a lot of fun.

Who designed your costume for the scenes set at the Met Gala?

HBC: [Vogue editor-in-chief] Anna Wintour ‘married’ each of us with our respective designers – and she thought I should be dressed by Dolce and Gabbana, which was the perfect choice. I travelled to Milan, and later I saw this little 1950s white frock, hand-decorated with flowers. And I said, ‘That’s Rose’, because the rose is her signature symbol, and the gown was covered in them. I looked like a garden. I also loved it because it made Rose even more conspicuous [laughs].

What was it like filming those scenes at The Met?

HBC: Being a part of a recreation of the Gala felt like Christmas because it was exciting to shoot there at night and meet people like Wintour and [This American Life host] Ira Glass. It was exciting to film there and throughout New York, at all these amazing locations.

Ocean’s 8 opens on 22 June 2018 in South Africa with distribution worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.


Following in Bonham Carter’s footsteps, one Elle reader could win an unforgettable trip to Milan from 19 to 25 September 2018.

The prize package includes:

Return flights from South Africa

Return airport-hotel and event transfers

Three-night hotel stay with daily breakfast

Milan Fashion Week pass

Travel insurance

Contribution towards spending money

THE PRIZE: One lucky reader could win a trip for two to Milan Fashion Week.

TO ENTER: Submit your details below by 23 July 2018 to stand a chance to win.

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Further T&Cs:

*Dates of travel are between 19 and 25 September 2018. This travel period cannot be amended or extended.

*Prize is subject to availability, has no cash alternative, is non-transferable and non-refundable.

*At least one person travelling must be aged 18 or over.

*If the winner is under 18 then his/her guest must be his/her parent or guardian.

*Hotel is based on two people sharing one room. The hotel will take credit card pre-authorisation or cash deposit to cover any incidentals.

*Winner and his/her guest are solely responsible for all other meals and expenses not specifically set forth herein.

* Winner and his/her guest are responsible for and must have valid passports, or European ID cards, which are valid for travel and applicable visas/permission.

*Except for the one guest permitted to you as part of your prize, you are not allowed to bring any additional family members or guests on the prize trip. Your guest may not be selected through any further contest, promotion or commercial event. You and your guest must travel on the same itinerary from a sponsor selected airport near your home. You and your guest must travel from the  same city and airport. Once selected, your guest may not be changes without the express consent of Warner, which Warner may grant or withhold at sole discretion.

*Any potential winner and his/her proposed guest will be required to sign a prize acceptance and release form in order to be eligible to win and/or participate in the prize.

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