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Has anyone been looking forward to the release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland? I’m excited to see it myself- especially to see the costumes, Helena Bonham-Carter as the Red Queen and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. I am patiently waiting for the crowds in Manhattan to die down a little first… In the meantime, a friend showed me the very first Alice in Wonderland film ever made, which was recently restored by the BFI and brought back to life from 1903!

With a running time of just 12 minutes (8 of which survive), Alice in Wonderland was the longest film produced in England at that time. Film archivists have been able to restore the film’s original colours for the first time in over 100 years. -BFI National Archives

Alice in Wonderland quirks have always seeped into the fashion world and at the moment the Alice trends are more apparent than ever. Coinciding with the launch of the film artists like Tom Binns created an Alice line of jewelry for Disney Couture (weird right?), Parisian department store Printemps invited Alexander McQueen (RIP), Christopher Kane, Bernhard Willhelm, Haider Ackermann, Manish Arora, Ann Demeulemeester, Chloe and Maison Martin Margiela to invent one-of-a-kind dresses for window displays. Click here to see the slide show of these looks!

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    Apr 30, 2010, 04.02 PMby topcat

    The Mad Hatter will always be my hero now just for that scene in his hat studio where he brings dwon two villains armed only with a couple of bolts of fabric – legendary!

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    Apr 4, 2010, 08.12 PMby helenadoll

    they’ve kept the film very true to the original illustrations, when Alice slumps at the tea table for example. And that dress would have been considered very short at that time!

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    Mar 24, 2010, 09.06 PMby fosteretalk

    The 1903 film was a treat. It shows us how far film has come as an art and science.

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    Mar 24, 2010, 05.54 AMby kiraph

    The movie was extremely well cast and visually stunning to look at – and the costuming was fantastic! It was a pleasant way to waste a bit of time. :)

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    Mar 23, 2010, 09.36 PMby loyl8

    wow amazing!!!! i didnt even know a 1903 existed. I saw the new movie in IMAX 3D totally absolutely worth every penny!!!!!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 09.35 PMby jenna-gee-whized

    The movie was great…wished I could have seen more from several characters but the art direction was amazing. The costumes (especially Alice’s various dresses) were so inspiring, I’ve been sketching away ever since!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 07.34 PMby janul

    The slideshow is great, but so creepy! The rabbit reminds me of the Donnie Darko film…

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    Mar 23, 2010, 04.26 PMby alisondahl

    The complete Annie Leibovitz story appears in the December 2003 issue of Vogue featuring Natalia Vodianova, click here for more images from that shoot.

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    Mar 23, 2010, 03.14 PMby kelseykay

    i have that issue of vouge it was april or march of this year….and i didnt really like many of her dresses in the new movie alice in wonderland….

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    Mar 23, 2010, 12.58 PMby amandahaas

    The movie is fantastic! 3D is great. the costumes were great. ahhhh.. i do love alice. I did however dress up in my own alice costume for the premiere, and I encourage everyone to do so!!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 11.22 AMby sewella

    Yes, me and my daughter are anxious to see it! As a matter of fact, I am making my daughter the Queen of Hearts costume for the upcoming 1st April parade.

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    Mar 23, 2010, 12.16 AMby fashionqueen920

    which issue of vogue is that alice photoshoot from? i cant remember

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      Mar 23, 2010, 02.18 PMby alisondahl

      The complete Annie Leibovitz story appears in the December 2003 issue of Vogue featuring Natalia Vodianova, click here for more images from that shoot.

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