Can you believe it’s been six year since Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland first premiered? It feels like just yesterday!
Now, award winning costume designer, Colleen Atwood fills us in on what it took to create Alice Through the Looking Glass. Atwood sat down with Disney Style to discuss what inspires her, and how she created all the new costumes and designs.
Returning to the World of Underland:
It was shocking, especially after I did the math and realized I’d been gone for so long. It felt just like yesterday! I went back through the first movie’s costume drawings, as well as read the new Alice screenplay. I really used Alice as a starting point, and drew inspiration from where she’d been. I got very excited with the idea she had traveled the world!
Atwood’s designs translate perfectly into the film world. Just look at the incredibly detail of Alice’s costume here. She looks strong, fierce, and feisty! Perfect for a modern Alice.
Designing For the New Film:
I really see it as a totally different movie. It’s the same people, but a very different story. It was like picking up where I left off, and then moving the characters forward in time based on their experiences.
Can you imagine how amazing it would be to design for Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway?! People dream about opportunities like this and Atwood is living the dream!
Down to the last detail, the Mad Hatter’s hat is perfectly stitched and crafted.
The Details of the Costumes:
Time’s was amazing, yet a very challenging concept to convey without wearing a clock costume. His costume is comprised of so many pieces—the pantaloons, boots, hat, shoulder piece with hand embroidery along the edges. We designed a watch jewelry piece for his hands made of old chainmail. We found vintage watches and tore them apart to use faces because they had a convex pop-like jewel but with watch inside.
Pulling it All Together:
Subliminally, I think I focused on striking graphic silhouettes that kept them true to the larger-than-life world of Underland. For Alice and the Hatter, I used much more joyous and bright colors. Conversely, the Queens and Time had a very subdued color palette of black, white, and red. It created a great contrast to the other characters.
Atwood admits that she cannot pick her favorite costume, but what about you? Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.
And if you haven’t seen the film yet, Alice Through the Looking Glass is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Disney Movies Anywhere.
Thank you to Disney Style for the photos and amazing interview with Colleen Atwood.
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