At the time of writing there have been sixteen adaptations of major TV and film projects broadcast to the world. You can actually head on over to YouTube and see the very first silent movie directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow. You can see how the inspiration for the character's costumes were heavily based on John Tenniel's original illustrations. Take a look at Alice in Wonderland (1903) now, for nine of the original twelve minute short film restored by the BFI National Archive. It's not bad for a short made over a hundred years ago.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland finally received the big budget attention it deserves in 2010's Tim Burton variation on the story, effectively making it a sequel to the first Alice book. In the movie a 19 year old Alice returns to the magical world from her previous childhood adventure, where she reunites with old friends and learns she must end the Red Queen's reign of terror. The film went onto be honoured with Oscar's for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design at the 83rd Academy Awards.
If you still haven't seen the film you'll be happy to hear that the Oscar for Best Costume Design is well deserved. The Mad Hatter costume that was worn by Johnny Depp in the picture looks vastly different to what you may remember in a literary sense. The Tim Burton Mad Hatter appears to have a more colourful look with his bright tie and boasts orange hair, which is said to be an allusion to the mercury poisoning suffered by many hatters who used mercury to cure pelts.
Another of the outfits that will really surprise you and leave you admiring the incredible costume design is the Red Queen costume. The Red Queen, who actually featured in Through the Looking-Glass, the book which followed Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the antagonist in this feature film. The Red Queen is portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter and wears a glorious regal gown which although I have tried to describe I really cannot do it justice.
Lastly we have the Alice in Wonderland fancy dress as worn by Alice, of course, and played by Mia Wasikowska. The actress dons a beautiful Alice in Wonderland dress which looks so vivid in Burton's fantasy world.
There's a decent selection of Alice in Wonderland fancy dress costumes available to buy. If you would like to mark the birthday of Lewis Carroll's classic tale take a look below for some of the most popular costumes available today from our fairytale costumes range.Back to Index