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Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland: Out-of-the-Ordinary Costumes

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The challenge of designing costumes for a timeless classic like Alice in Wonderland is to create something distinct and new—Academy Award winner Colleen Atwood, the costume designer for Tim Burton's in-theaters-tomorrow film, aimed to veer as far as possible from the standard-issue Halloween-costume Alice. “I was running in the other direction from that,” Atwood told WWD. “I got to do all these new things I hadn’t done before."

With the help of extensive hair and makeup, along with live-animation techniques and digital enhancement, the result is larger-than-life (see: The Red Queen's forehead). Here are the sketches and final look of three of the main characters.
· Designing Costumes for Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' [WWD]