Alice at the pink Flamingo Croquet Match.
Not in 1/3 scale unlike the other version of Alice.
Height 44cm, when standing (third scale to the height as stated in the book)
Taking the original story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carrol and the corresponding illustrations by John Tenniel, published in 1865, as an inspiration I decided to create several versions of Alice as her circumstances change in her passage through Wonderland.
This version depicts Alice at the time she has met the Queen of Hearts and is attempting to get a good grip of her pink flamingo, Rosa so that she can use her as a Croquet mallet to have a match with the Queen of Hearts. Alice is in wonderland so things are not quiet the same as they would be in our dimension. Her hair has turned pink from the interaction with the flamingo and her garments are covered in hearts and roses in hour of the Queen of hearts. In the original coloured illustrations of Alice she was dressed in a red dress, which I thought I would hint at in this version.
Alice is made in Steiff Schulte Viscose in a pale peach/pink shade with her stockinged legs being made in a sort pile plush in white. As Alice is a girl in the story and I create bears and other animals I wanted to design a feminine girl bear that had human characteristics. I wanted Alice to move like a human girl and not like a teddy bear, I did some research and after a months trial and error, I created a completely different design approach to movement and therefore the silhouette of a traditional Teddy Bear. With the only traditional joint being at Alice’s neck to attach the head to the body. I made a ‘skellington’ with is covered by a ‘skin’, thus permitting Alice to stand up, sit down and bend like a human girl. Alice also has thumbs, eyelids with pink eye lashes, and blond wavy hair, which is more human charactisetics. I also wanted to keep some of the traditional Teddy Bear elements, which I achieved by using round Teddy Bear ears, eyes, an embroidered mouth and nails, and one Teddy Bear joint at the neck. I set the German glass eyes on the surface of the fabric instead of sinking them into the fabric as I have done with other soft sculptures as this is also a traditional teddy bear method of placing the eyes.
This creation is an amalgamation of two concepts, a Teddy Bear and a girl, which I found an exiting challenge.
I research into 16th Century due to the date of the traditional French playing cards to create original clothing influenced by the 16th century and also by the colour red and symbols, the heart and the rose of the Queen of Hearts. Therefore, with this version of Alice I have broken away from the traditional depiction of Alice with the blond hair, the blue dress, pinafore and black shoes I designed a completely new dress code for Alice which is sympathetic to the situation she finds herself in at a Croquet match with the Queen of Hearts.
Alice hair is made from pink Tibetan lambs wool and in stead of being down her shoulder held back from her face by an Alice band it has been pinned up with two pink roses, (pink as Alice is trying to be diplomatic, after meeting the Gardeners 2, 5 & 7) and in style with the 16th century.
The costume is made in three parts:
1/A severn piece bodice made out of a mini playing card fabric overlaid with lace as the centre panel bordered by a rose and heart printed cotton fabric, it is lined in a wine red silk fabric. The bodice laces up the back with a leather cord and has lace, rose trim, appliquéd heart and bow details.
2/ A matching skirt which is made in five layers the under most layer in organiser trimmed with a pelted heart organiser over which is a skirt made in matching mini playing card fabric as the bodice centre. I have used the same deep lace as on the bodice to create a third skirt which sits over the mini playing card fabric and reveals some of the mini playing card fabric in between the scolloped edge. The upper most skirt is made from the rose and heart printed cotton fabric to match the bodice, it has been touched and held into place with wine red bows to reveal the other underlying skirts and give the 16th century shape to the skirt. The skirt has a red velvet train at the back which looks like a heart in its form. The upper most skirt has been edge with a vintage hand made lace. I have also used this lace to trim the sleeves of the third garment.
3/ A red velvet bolero styled jacket with 3/4 sleeve and an inverted heart shaped collar. I inverted the heart for the collar as on playing cards you see the heart both up right and inverted. The jacket is lined with the same wine red silk that was used in the lining for the bodice and can be see on the inside of the collar. The sleeve flairs out at the elbow which is a 16th century detail to mid lower arm using the rosa and heart printed fabric. the jacket is finished with the same vintage lace and wine red bows as on the skirt.
Alice has a neck ruff made in the same pleated heart organiser trim as on the under most layer of her skirt.
Alice’s waring red metallic shoes, with a scolloped edge, which were bought especially for this version.
Alice is NOT sold with the flamingo Rosa which I designed to go with her, please contact me if you wish to adopt both this version of Alice and her flamingo Rosa.