Sunday, June 19, 2011

FASHION INSPIRATION: Alice in Wonderland

By Eva Fydrych

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - one of the most beloved tales, a fantasy book full of mythology and elements of magic - has inspired artists, photographers and fashion designers for nearly 150 years... The author of this influential novel, Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was a mathematician at Oxford University and had a big interest in photography as well.

Bergdorf Goodman window display in New York

The Lewis Carroll's classic has fascinated children and adults alike for generations. The fact that Alice in Wonderland is still relevant today shows what a great author Carroll was and how thoughtful this child's tale actually is. On the surface,  the book seems to be just about a young girl who travels down the rabbit hole to discover a new world and a great adventure.

But the truth is, as with many fantasy books, the novel is filled with many diverse layers. If you look at the story carefully, there is a deeper underlying meaning and a world rich with philosophical life lessons. Lewis takes us to the magical, surreal dreamworld filled with creatures like a blue caterpillar who smokes a hookah, a cat whose grin remains after its head has faded away, or a White Queen who lives backward and remembers forward. The world full of colours and imagination, where anything may happen...

Fashion editorial by Annie Leibovitz with model Natalia Vodianova for Vogue US December 2003.

"It's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then."

"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop."

"I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then."

Source: Trendland

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don’t much care where--" said Alice.
"Then it doesn’t matter which way you go," said the Cat.
"--so long as I get SOMEWHERE," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you’re sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

(All quotes from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)

Alice in Wonderland: Inspired Design

Perfect accessories for a fashionable trip down the rabbit hole...

Leitmotiv for Furla Talent Hub



Source: Marie Claire

A tribute to Tim Burton's movie from Vogue Italia: Amanda Seyfried photographed by Mark Seliger.

“Alice rejects and frees herself from stereotypical female traits; she is not trapped by the confines of roles or requirements.” (Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy by William Irwin & Richard Brian Davis)

"It takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place."
(Alice Through the Looking Glass)

"If everybody minded their own business ... the world would go round
a deal faster than it does."

Source: Vogue Italia

"But I don't want to go among mad people," said Alice.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the cat. "We're all mad here."

A scene from Tim Burton's movie

"Everything has a moral, if only you can find it."

(All quotes from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)

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