There is only one way to describe the costumes for the new ballet, Alice in Wonderland, and that is: super-phantasmagorically-awesome. Opening June 4th, this National Ballet and Royal Ballet collaboration, features designs by Richard Crowley that has will have you suffering from major wardrobe envy.
Well, with a little creative thinking, you can bring some of Alice’s Victorian psychedelia into your every day look.
This summer, designers have not shied away from shocking pinks, electric blues and sunny yellows. Neither does this Alice. Kaleidoscopes of colour are found on flower inspired fascinators, velvet frock coats and puffy tutus. In particular, pay attention to Alice’s signature colour–purple. Between saturated lavender, vibrant orchids and a touch of muted lilac, these purples are bold and ethereal. You can take this colour from stage to street, by throwing on a boyfriend blazer in this regal hue, or adding some eyeshadow.
Another, great adaptable piece? The emerald green and sapphire blue pointe shoes are an offbeat take on a ballet essential. To make this wearable for you non ballerinas, look for ballet flats in similar jewel toned colours.
There are other ways to wear Alice’s grand eccentricity. Pay attention to detail. The rustle of fabric, or that little extra embroidery may be just enough to amp up your wardrobe.
Wear a big floral fascinator. Play with Elizabethan ruff cuffs, plaid tights, and big patterns. Some of the costumes for Alice use digitally printed silk to create romantic florals and kitschy cards that adorn hats, tutus and bodices. So why not rock an awesome, over the top print?
A major trend that was also incorporated into the Alice costumes was ombre (a gradient dye technique). It’s also something that you whip up at home faster than you can say Christian Lacroix (okay, maybe not that fast.) All you need are some tights (in a light colour) , some dye, and a little patience. Here’s a great tutorial on The Coveted on how to get the look.
Marjorie Fielding, the wardrobe supervisor for the National Ballet, gave us a great tip should you decide to tackle this fun rainy day activity. She says,
“Keep them moving in the dye pot, and never let them stay still, or you’ll get a line.”
Alice in Wonderland runs from June 4 to 25, 2011 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. More info?