April 15, 2010


Tomorrow April 16th, coinciding with the much anticipated Spanish premier of Tim Burton's latest movie based on Lewis Carroll's masterpiece "Alice In Wonderland", is the perfect occasion to revisit and let ourselves get carried away with an amazing set of images produced by Vogue US for their Dec/03 issue. 

A mesmerizing editorial spread with model Natalia Vodianova was photographed by Annie Leibovitz , bringing us the opportunity to pay tribute to those creative minds that prove that you can work for such a powerful and competitive industry and still do your own personal work. Read more (and enjoy)...

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it" – LEWIS CARROLL
Curiouser and 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.

I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth! How funny it'll seem to come out among the people that walk with their heads downwards! The Antipathies, Think–"

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.

It was much pleasanter at home," thought poor Alice, "when one wasn't always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits. And yet and yet–it's rather curious, you know, this sort of  life!"
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 the Helmut Lang made-to-measure studio.

The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence. At last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a languish, sleepy voice. "Who are you?" said the Caterpillar.

Advice from a 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?

As visiting royal Karl Lagerfeld looked on, Alice caught the baby, which grunted violently. "if you're going to turn into a pig," she declared, "I'll have nothing more to do with you".

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 wears Chrome Hearts necklaces and belt.

We are mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." "How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice. "You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here".

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.

I know what you're thinking about," said Tweedledum, "but it is not so, nohow." "Contrariwise." continued Tweedledee. "if it was so, it might be: and if it were so, it would be, but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."
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.

Your hair wants cutting." said the Hatter. He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity. "You should learn not to make personal remarks," Alice said with some severity: "It's very rude".
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.

The Queen turned crimson with fury, and, after glaring at her for a moment like a wild beast, began screaming, "Off with her head! OFF–"
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.

Reeling and Writhing," the Mock Turtle replied. "And then the different branches of Arithmetic–Ambition, Distraction, Uglification and Derision." "I never heard of 'Uglification,' " Alice ventured to say. "What is it?"
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.

Oh,Kitty! How nice it would be if we could only get through into Looking glass House! I'm sure it's got, oh! such beautiful things in it!"

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.

Photograph | Annie Leibovitz
Also featured | Olivier Theyskens, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs,
Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor & Rolf,
Christian Lacroix, Stephen Jones, Donatella Versace,
Rupert Everett, Nicolas Guesquière and John Galliano.

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