From Pantaloons to Pool Noodles.
A place for everything.
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. ;-)
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.