Alice in Wonderland: December 2003
"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?"
Since posting the Beauty and the Beast shoot, I have developed a bit of an obsession with Annie Leibovitz. This Alice in Wonderland shoot is enchanting enough in its colours, style and layout... then they cast Natalina Vodianova in the leading role... then she was dressed and joined by a host of designers. Fashion heaven, thank you Vogue!
This editorial manages to remain within style and story of the Alice in Wonderland we all know and love - rabbit holes, Cheshire Cats and Mad Hatters included. Yet with designers, ranging from Tom Ford to Viktor & Rolf to Donatella Versace, and each creating their own version of Alice's iconic blue, ribboned dress, we have an incredibly unique result. I think my favourite dress is the Balenciaga Couture by Nicolas Ghesquière. True I can only see the back but I love Nataliana's pose on/inside/beside the mirror and Ghesquière just sitting alongside her, indifferent to her entering a new world. I also think that this pleated chiffon dress is the most "Alicey" of them all.
The fact that the shoot was photographed by Annie Leibovitz ups the ante on a feature that was always going to have fairy tale results.
P.S Karl Largerfeld will always have a place in my Wonderland.