Thursday, February 25, 2010

Down the Rabbit Hole with Alice...into Printemps Wonderland!

With the highly anticipated release of Tim Burton’s version of “Alice in Wonderland” just around the corner, beautiful storefront windows devoted to the film can be seen at Printemps. Printemps Departement Store in Paris is one of the world’s largest department stores dedicated to luxury fashion brands.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was originally scripted in 1865 by Lewis Carroll (real name: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), a British author. The highly anticipated release of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”, stars Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsley.

Top designers were able to use their imaginative creativity to make their own Alice inspired dresses. Haider Ackermann, Manish Arora, Chloé, Ann Demeulemeester, Christopr Kane, Nicholas Kirkwood, Maison Martin Margiela, Bernhard Willhelm, and the late Alexander McQueen all have done a wonderful job!

Berhard Willhelm

Christopher Kane/Nicolas Kirkwood

“I think my favorite Alice character is the March Hare. You can see I’ve made his watch rather prominent. This was a different design process for me, because I’m not usually so applicative—typically, I’m thinking about line, silhouette. But this time, I figured, why not just pile as much as I can on top?” —Nicholas Kirkwood

Ann Demeulemeester

Alexander McQueen

Manish Arora

Haider Ackermann

“My favorite character is the Duchess, who at first seems nearly as unpleasant as the Queen of Hearts. But she’s the antagonist of the queen, and at the end was only respectful and friendly, despite her tremendous ugliness. When I was designing this piece, I was seeing Alice running, escaping through the forest destroying her shiny dress.” —Haider Ackermann

Maison Martin Margiela

“Alice’s silhouette is a blue upside-down dress with cage sleeve, as if she walked through the mirror and her dress completely reversed. A long ball gown has been reworked, upside-down, into a minidress. The bustier in taffetas becomes a pleated miniskirt. The petticoat in plonge becomes an asymmetrical draped top. The skirt in ‘plumetis’ tulle becomes a veil. A cage sleeve of whale-boned velvet ribbon is embroidered with pearls, crystals, and recycled jewels.” —Maison Martin Margiela

Charles Anastace


“Running around careless and free in a romantic dress, falling down the rabbit hole, chasing time in a dreamlike state of mind, meeting unexpected characters with many tales to tell—sounds like many a girl’s night out!” —Chloé

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