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Alice Thturbulent The Looking Glass’s famed costume designer, Colleen Atlumber, chats solely to GRAZIA Australia around the intricacies of transcreating the Australian actress right into Tim Burton’s the majority of wonderful character


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The Alice Thturbulent The Looking Glass cast arrive at the Los Angeles premiere on May 23 Credit: Getty Images

Tim’s Burton’s fantastical Alice In Wonderland grossed a staggering $1 billion at the box office last year. So the pressure for the James Bobin directed sequel, Alice Thunstable The Looking Glass (in which Burton is a producer), for Alice’s second expedition to Underland also to be also even more whimsically remarkable, was ever-current.

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This time, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) retransforms to Underland using a giant mirror (supposedly rabbit holes were so 2010), and also in one gloriously nonsensical people she provides it her mission to conserve the ill Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). His family members have actually gone absent and Alice, in addition to assist from the White Queen (Anne Hathaway) have to journey back in time to fix the mystery of what happened to her friend’s family members.

Along the method, we uncover how the Red Queen (played by scene-stealer Helena Bonham-Carter) ended up being so evil and accomplish Sacha Baron-Cohen that is a first timer to the franchise, and additionally a half-clockoccupational, half-humale demigod who helps Alice take a trip in time.

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Some movie critics have mocked the film – in the very same way they mocked the first film before it went on to make over a billion – and also while there is a brand-new artistic in the director’s chair, the aesthetic of the film continues to be the very same, thanks to famous costume designer Colleen Athardwood. Motivated by 80s Japanese deindicators and also Lewis Carroll’s original books, Atwood went back to Underland also once even more (she operated on Alice In Wonderland) to pretty a lot make the entire movie even more whimsical, more dramatic and exquisitely magical. The obstacle for her this time though was dressing each character as they took a trip in time.

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John Tenniel’s illustration in Lewis Carrol’s original book, Alice In Wonderland

“Lewis Carroll’s second book is a different twist on Underland also that plays via previous, present and future… it was interesting to view the tale told in a non-direct kind of way,” explains Attimber. “The challenges for me were different bereason I had actually to depict personalities at various times in their stays.”

The initially costume Attimber approached was Wasikowska’s – Alice is the main character after all. The pre-production process for movies these days are a lot shorter, it’s, as Athardwood defines, “boots on the ground running” from the extremely start. She says often drafting fads, building costumes of muslin for fittings and also shopping for towel happens in its entirety.

“We necessary yards and yards of vintage-looking cloth for Alice’s Chinese-influenced costume, however kbrand-new we weren’t going to uncover that everywhere (and also even if we did, vintage towel is exceptionally, incredibly fragile).So the textile department hand also embroidered 70 yards of basic blue silk to produce the look we wanted,” claims Athardwood.

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Atlumber fell in love via the Australian actress right ameans. “They can not have discovered an extra perfect Alice than Mia… she is Alice,” says Athardwood. “Her style is a organic, period look from the world over ground and also is various from the first film. She has actually returned from being out at sea and is grown-up and feeling empowered so she is no longer your typical Alice in a blue frock with fluffy hair.”

The designer also points out a really exciting suggest around the means Carroll envisaged Alice. “The girl that Carroll based Alice on had actually a lengthy bob haircut at a time when most girls were incredibly feminine with their hair in ringallows and wearing significant dresses,” says Athardwood. “You could tell she was a forward-reasoning girl for her time and I favor the idea of a girl that is a little exterior package and also that creates her very own civilization and I think that’s an interesting message to woguy in basic.”

Attimber had to reflect this sentiment in Alice’s costumes and to do so she cleverly crafted pants for Alice that are disguised as dresses. We are first introduced to Alice in a “high collar, navy-coloured coat through gold braided lapels (equivalent to what a ship’s captain would wear) when she arrives in London”.

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She then shows up at the Ascot mansion in “a lavender organza Oriental top” that she bought back from her travels. “This is based on duration fabrics from China with Chinese-style embroidery and medallions and also a subtle background of hats, rabbits and a small ‘A’ for Alice,” says Atlumber. “We then view Alice in a armed forces frock coat and white linen and also blue trim and also based upon a real Navy uniform.”