Clothes Make the Queen

When reading Alice in Wonderland, it’s easy to imagine the characters in costume, especially the Queen of Hearts.  So many visual recreations exist – from Disney to Helena Bonham Carter in Tim Burton’s movie.  Now, Lewis Carroll’s  story will be on Broadway; in this updated version, Alice gets to Wonderland by pushing a button on her elevator. And, Susan Hilferty who describes herself as “a storyteller whose medium just happens to be clothes” is the costume designer.

In Sylvanie Gold’s interview for the New York Times, Hilferty provides sketches and the thought-process behind her imagination for the costume designs in the article What Befits a Legendary Queen.  Intricate black and white costumes dress the Red Queen in Hilferty’s collection in Act One before she uses color in Act Two, but it’s how she gets to the final version that is so fascinating.  The  Red Queen lives again…

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