Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Alice in Wonderland Mania

I thought I'd start off with something that seems to have taken the world by storm.

It's official, Alice in Wonderland Fever has taken the world by storm. With the new Tim Burton film due out in the next few days (March 5th to be precise) it has become the inspiration behind many a fad of late.

The film has the standard Burton duo - Johnny Depp and Burton's wife Helen Bonham Carter. The rest of the cast includes some great British actors too - Matt Lucas as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar, Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, Timothy Spall as a Bloodhound and Barbara Windsor (!) as the dormouse. The cast also includes Anne Hathaway, Michael Sheen and Christopher Lee. Tim Burton and Helen Bonham Carter's children also have cameo roles. This is the sixth feature film that Depp and Burton have worked on together, There's quite good interview done by Fearne Cotton.

There was a lovely interview in the Sunday Times Culture this weekend just gone with Mia Wasikowska who plays the nineteen-year-old Alice. She is now about to embark on the filming of Jane Eyre in which she plays the title role.

I paid a visit to Selfridges this weekend specifically to go to the Alice in Wonderland pop up shop. The shop had the most beautiful old Lewis Carroll first editions of Alice's various adventures. Please excuse the dodgy photos, juggling Blackberry camera and shopping I can't afford whilst trying to avoid deadly elbow shoves from angry Saturday Oxford Street shoppers didn't leave much room for my inexperienced photographic eye to shine through.

There are also these Mad Hatter/Johnny Depp Barbies:

Anna Lou had specially designed some teapot pendants in her signature style alongside the Queen's Head ones which have been around for a while. Unfortunately didn't manage to swipe a snap of the teapots because I got a bit scared of the sales lady giving me dodgy looks but here is an image of the Queen's Head one.

There are also the most incredible hats which are illustrated by a particularly bad photo here but I feel it should get shown.

What also gets me super excited about a trip to Selfridges is the window displays and the Mad Hatter's tea party theme definitely didn't disappoint.

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