Saturday, August 22, 2009
I'm a Tim Burton fan. I can't help it. Even I am sometimes a little overwhelmed by the dark imagery in some of his films, but the beauty and poetry that accompany it make those few moments of discomfort totally worth it. So, naturally, I've been following the development of his upcoming project, "Alice in Wonderland".
It doesn't hurt that he's working with some of my favorite people in the entertainment industry, either. You've got Alan Rickman (the Caterpillar), who just happens to be my all-time favorite actor. Johnny Depp (the Mad Hatter) is a staple of Tim Burton films, and also one of my favorite actors. But most importantly -- you have Colleen Atwood, Burton's go-to Costume Designer and my personal hero.
One need only skim Atwood's IMDB listing to realize the amazing body of work she's completed. I mean, come on! "Series of Unfortunate Events", "Sweeney Todd", "Memoirs of a Geisha", AND "Edward Scissorhands"?! If that isn't enough to win you over, I don't know what is.
Anyway, my point of this is that some pictures have been posted by the incredibly lucky people who got to attend the "Alice in Wonderland" exhibit at Costume Con, and I'm incredibly jealous. I have to be content with being able to see the pictures of the costumes and sketches rather than getting to see them myself, but honestly, after how crazy I went over the "Harry Potter" exhibit in Chicago last month, I might just die over one of Colleen's work. I guess I can summarize it by saying "She's brilliant. Just brilliant." Anyway, follow this link and see for yourself:
The Costumer's Guide to Movie Costumes: "Alice in Wonderland"
Friday, August 21, 2009
Found this amazing video, which I believe is from a Japanese talent show. The costumes are stunning, but what really makes this incredible is the precision of the dancers. The only part I didn't like is that their last pose looks like a millipede to me, but then that's just personal phobia brought out in a Rorschach test-like way.