Alice Meets Couture

This is a set of photography works by photographer Annie Leibovitz for Vogue in 2003, featuring russian model Natalia Vodianova. But the little twist is — besides natalia as ‘Alice’, she had extra company: 11 top couture designers, each featuring a character in Lewis Caroll’s masterpiece ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and natalia wearing their dresses. So who are they? Let’s get curious, shall we?

curiouser & curiouser: beyond nonsense verse and coming-of-age fables, lewis carroll’s true passion was photographing moody young beauties. olivier theyskens, in the guise of carroll, captures model natalia vodianova as alice liddell. natalia wears a rochas iridescent blue-flower ruffle dress specially designed by theyskens. On july 2006, procter & gamble announced the closure of rochas. olivier theyskens later joined and became the creative director of french fashion house nina ricci between 2006 – 2009.

down the rabbit hole: faster, faster, faster she fell! chasing tom ford’s white rabbit, our alice disappears down the never-ending dark passage. tom ford for yves saint laurent gauche sky-blue silk-satin dress. tom ford served as creative director for gucci and yve saint laurent from 1994 to 2004.

advice from the caterpillar: “clad in marc jacobs’s ruffled chiffon minidress, alice found herself engaged in an infuriatingly roundabout conversation with a mushroom-dweller. where am I? she wondered…and how have i gotten here?” marc jacobs is currently the creative director for louis vuitton.

drink me: how was alice to know the innocent little bottle would make her grow to such a size? as helmut lang watched from the wall, she curled her legs up and hoped the designer’s organza minidress wouldn’t be crushed by her startling height. dress from helmut lang made-to-measure studio.the helmut lang brand was acquired by prada in 2004 with helmut lang leaving his own label in 2005.

pig & pepper: it was a queer-shaped little creature, and held out its arms and legs in all directions, “just like a starfish.” chanel haute couture embroidered satin jacket with a draped satin skirt and cream leather boot pants. the chanel designer karl lagerfeld wears chrome hearts necklaces and belt.

the cheshire cat: “would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” alice asked sweetly of the cat with a grin as devilish as anything she had ever seen. “ that depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” replied our cat, jean paul gaultier. blue silk-jersey draped dress by gaultier paris.

tweedledum and tweedledee: “if you think we’re alive, you ought to speak,” said the one marked dee. alice, in a viktor & rolf multilayered silk dress, stared as the tweedle duo spouted nonsensical tongue twisters. rolf snoeren, left, and viktor horsting wear matching suits and bow ties of their own design.

the mad tea party: “no room!” the march hare and mad hatter shouted. “no room!” but alice plunked down, desperate for some biscuits after a long day of living backward. christian lacroix haute couture dress with painted and sculpted mink dickey over a lace top and frilled lamé skirt. stephen jones (right), wears a custom-made hat of his own design. lacroix, as the march hare, is at far right.

who stole the tarts?: “my name is alice, so please your majesty,” the young girl, draped in dior couture, said softly. “ you make me giddy!” screamed the queen. dior haute couture by john galliano hand-painted polka-dot dress. galliano as the queen of hearts, wears a dior haute couture coat and is accompanied by his king, alexis roche.

the mock turtle’s story: “what is his sorrow?” alice, in atelier versace, asked the gryphon. “once,” sighed the mock turtle, “ i was a real turtle.” atelier versace layered silk-tulle and chiffon-organza dress lined in lace. donatella versace and rupert everett are in versace.

through the looking glass: wrapped in ocean-blue balenciaga couture, alice perched on the mantel, longing to escape into the shadow world, as her black kitty purred nearby. balenciaga by nicolas ghesquière crystal pleated chiffon dress and grey ankle boots. shot on location at the château de corbeil-cerf.

♦  source: trendland . magazine: vogue us (2003)  . photographer: annie leibovitz .  caption: quotes from vogue + some notes by me ♦ inspired by : alice in wonderland & its sequel through the looking glass . author: lewis carroll


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