I saw Alice in Wonderland in the weekend and truly enjoyed it – though I recommend seeing it in 3D to take full advantage of Tim Burton’s wonderland.
Alice and her new story aside, the costumes in the movie particularly caught my eye. Designed by Colleen Atwood, each of Alice’s gowns are incredibly beautiful, intricate couture pieces, each one more amazing than the last. What is particularly striking is how they appear to be ‘thrown together,’ (sans the opening dress) or accidental in the case of the first dress she shrinks into.
Her familiar classic, the pale blue dress, benefits from the addition of romantic, sheer sleeves.
Ruffles and a halter neck, Alice does a bit of running in this dress and those ruffles play their part.
This is the second version of the above dress, after Alice shrinks, again, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter does a bit of frenzied DIY on the above dress. I wish it were that easy to create beautiful rose gatherings on the bust line.
This is the most brilliant of the gowns designed for Alice. In the story, this dress is supplied by the Red Queen. There’s something about how the material gathers into ruffles that reminds me of feathers, and turns the dress into something quite tribal.
The armor Alice wears toward the end of the film is quite striking. Not as much as the dresses for me, but she looks quite elegant despite being covered neck to toe in metal.
If you haven’t seen it already – then do go ahead and enjoy it! I was somewhat disappointed to hear a number of bad reviews it received, and now the 3d visual isn’t quite as stunning as Avatar but it is still fun and better than most of what’s out in the theaters at the moment.