For our Spring Break blog, I went to see the new Alice in Wonderland. I found the 3-D to be fuzzy (might just have been the theatre) but overall I loved the whimsical, fairytale quality of the story. I think that the whimsical style was incredibly expressed by the fashion/style of Alice’s dresses. I think Tim Burton did a great job overall. Alice going back a second time was a good way to change the story around to add the White Queen from Lewis Carrol’s Through the Looking Glass and have the rabbit and twins be her friends.
I will not just be critiquing the movie for this week’s blog. I will be bringing the reader’s attention to another photo campaign by the famous photographer Annie Leibovitz inspired by Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland and Disney’s original animated film “Alice in Wonderland” which was photographed for Vogue in 2003. I will also bring your attention to Disney’s recent campaign to launch an Alice in Wonderland inspired fashion line based off of the recent Tim Burton inspired Alice in Wonderland remake.
I have showed you before Disney’s wedding line and Annie Leibovitz’s Disney celebrity photographs. Now I will show you her 2003 Vogue photoshoot starring the model Natalia Vodanova which uses the whimsical and crazy styles of Alice in Wonderland as inspiration.
Here are a few of the pictures. Annie Leibovitz really captures the crazy and weird oddities that are what Lewis Carrol has created. (Click on photographs to see larger image).
Annie Leibovitz picked to represent scenes that would resonate with people that have seen Disney’s original Alice in Wonderland but then also used quotations from Lewis Carrol’s book that were not used in the movie. I love the styles of fashion that make use of the fantastical ideas that have come from Lewis Carrol’s books. It takes his creativity from his stories into the fashion world where the visualization is amazing to see as well as the visualization of the older Disney film and the newer one are all eye candy.
Lastly, Disney has released a Spring 2010 Alice in Wonderland inspired fashion line to further add onto their film revenues. I am excited about this because I love the dresses Alice wore in the recent film especially the one she wore as the guest of the Red Queen. I liked all the ruffles and crazy designs, it was a great mix between whimsy and modern styles. The Disney line is designed by Sue Wong and is a bit on the expensive side. They are whimsical, feminine, romantic and toned down enough to wear in the real world.