The director and I had the same vision: this production was not going to be a remake of Disney or Tim Burton costumes. He also asked specifically that the Queen of Hearts costume look VERY different from the Red Queen. <WARNING: QUICK RANT... Most people assume that the Queen of Hearts and the Red Queen are the same character (thanks Tim Burton for reinforcing that falsity). The Queen of Hearts is from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Off with their heads! and flamingo croquet). The Red Queen is from the second book Alice Through the Looking Glass. She is partnered with the White Queen and they make up the chess pieces come to life that carry the story through. OKAY, RANT OVER> So this is the Queen of Hearts I came up with on a broken and frayed shoestring budget. The gold skirt started life as an extra long tablecloth. The red overskirt and mantle were 2 curtain panels and a valance. (The gold pouch was a special request from the actress. She asked for something to hold her 'flamingo treats' in. It was a super cute scene; I was glad to oblige.) The white waistband was hidden by the actress's gold corset and the mantle/valance provided the modesty she wanted to cover her ample décolletage. As always, it looked better on the actress than on the dress form. I purchased the curtains were from a thrift store for $12 and the table cloth for $2. Not bad. ;-)
Alice In Wonderland. The Sheep Shop.
Just to make things interesting, I decided to make the Sheep a Ram. The performer playing the part is actually female but she agreed, a Ram seemed more visually interesting. So, YAY, HORNS!
First, the frame. Chopped up a coat hanger and bent them into the basic shape.
(Not pictured: I went back and added another 'V' to the base for stability so it sort of looked like a tee-pee with a long curly top.) Then I squished a bunch of aluminum foil around the wire frame and extended it to the length I wanted.
Next, after surfing the lovely world wide abyss, I combined a couple of techniques and came up with my preference. I wrapped twine around the horns to add texture. Just needed a little glue at the start and the end to secure it. As you can see, I wasn't trying for total coverage.
Next, ahhh, paper mache!! This time I used paper towels instead of newspaper because I wanted it a bit softer. I wanted to be able to squish the paper towels into and around the twine.
I was very happy with how it turned out! Two steps left, adhering it to a headband of some sort and then painting. I'll let you know how they turn out. ;-)
Bringing Alice in Wonderland to life for Jefferson Community Theatre's summer production.
These could be angel wings but they are specifically for the Gryphon. Made a specific size for the actor and his movements.
First, the wire frame. I bought 100 ft on a spool from Home Depot. Actually the gauge (about the strength of a coat hanger) ended up being too weak so I had to triple layer it. The paper is one-sided-sticky-back butcher paper. It doesn't stick to the plain side but sticks to the sticky side. I sandwiched the frame between two layers and cut out the base shape of the wing.
Then I cut out a bijillion feathers. I cut 3 different sizes (small size shown below). These were all made with the double layered butcher paper. (Why am I using double butcher paper for all of this? It was free! And it actually gave the paper a good strength when stuck together.) The photo below shows the small size.
A close up below shows the three sizes of feathers. The rough sketch on the right shows general placement. It changed as I applied each feather, so it's not exact. I glued each feather on with good ol' tacky glue. Nothing fancy. Each side of the wing is covered. The only single layer are the large feathers that hang below the paper base. I only glued down the center of each feather so the outer edges could curl and move.
And that's it, really. This is a super easy project. The longest part was cutting out the bijillion feathers. (Seriously! A Bijillion of them!!!) Wire, paper, scissors, glue. Done.
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I adore the Victorian era but I live in the 21st century. I strive for authenticity but not to the point of obsession (usually). Unless the TARDIS shows up, I'm only ever going to have to 'look' the part. Sometimes close enough really is good enough.