Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Alice in Alice in Wonderland (1951)

It’s time to add another first for Hollywood Fashion Vault – fashion inspiration from an animated film! Disney’s Alice in Wonderland is perhaps my favorite animated film. I love Lewis Carroll and this version is a good combination of both books and it is just gorgeous. While the Disney version of Alice has become the standard, I found with a little research that this look for Alice goes back to the original 1865 illustrations. She wears a white pinafore over a blue dress, white tights and black Mary Janes.

Like with the Wizard of Oz, my goal was to create a look that was an homage to the film without seeming like a Halloween costume or being extremely obvious.

Here is my interpretation:

Run-Down:Dress: Topshop, Pinafore Dress by Love in Sky Blue, $60
Shirt: Vero Moda, Puff Sleeve Shirt, $47.35
Shoes: Hush Puppies Women’s Impression Mary Jane Pump in Black Suede $46.72 via Endless.com
Earrings: Teapot & Cup Drop Earrings, $20 via Topshop.com
Headband: Forever 21, Beaded Bow Headband, $4.80
Bag: Tilly’s Rose Dome Handbag, on sale for $14.97
Total: $193.84
The pinafore dress is what inspired me to do this look. The interesting thing about it is the bow in the back. Isn't this just adorable?

Here is a shot of the entire look layered together:

I also like the idea of layering shirt under dresses. I did this in my recent Claudette Colbert post. So, I selected a white puff sleeve dress to put underneath the pinafore dress. In the movie, the pinafore is white and the dress is blue but I think you walk away feeling that the primary color of Alice’s outfit is blue and white is secondary. I wanted that same feel for this look. I then selected a basic black suede Mary Jane pump for this grown-up version. I don’t think anybody but a ballet dancer or children should ever be subjected to white tights, so I gave those up in the translation. I did however think that a black hair-band with some kind of bow would be very cute and cheeky. I think the dress/puff sleeve shirt combination looks a bit dressy so I selected a sequined hair bow.

Still, this all looked a bit boring to me. So, I decided to do a few accessories as an homage to the film in general. These earrings were cute and definitely made me think of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party but they are small enough that they don’t scream it. Then I found this snappy red rose bag, which of course is a tribute to the “painting the roses red” scene. This scene is less well known so I don’t think it is too obvious. I ran the entire outfit through the husband check. He said it did not look like a costume to him or too obvious. If it can get past him, it can pass as a regular outfit on the street.

Budget wise, I think this is a great dinner out or party look for under $200. It is conservative enough for a reception but just a little bit cheeky so you have some personality. I think it is super cute on its own but with the Alice-tribute you get some 1865 very classic style and some little girl classic fashion inspiration as well.

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