Friday, February 26, 2010

The Art of Photography and Fashion: Annie Leibovitz 2003 photos are Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Masterpiece, Alice in Wonderland

Looking through the lens of Annie Leibovitz, a well known American photographer -  I am completely captivated time and again of her amazing photographs.  Back in 2005, the American Society of Magazine Editors unveiled “the 40 greatest magazine covers of the last 40 years,” they gave first place to the infamous photos such as naked John Lennon curled up next to fully clothed Yoko Ono that were taken back in 1980, during the time Annie was working for Rolling Stone. Lennon was shot and killed five hours after the shoot. Second place went to Vanity Fair’s pregnant Demi Moore wearing nothing but diamonds  which was another of Annie Leibovitz's amazing photography.

Annie Leibovitz did a eye-catching series of photographs titled "Alice In Wonderland" for Vogue Magazine back in December 2003 featuring Russian model Natalia Vodianova as Alice. Leibovitz uses surrealism expertly in this photo shot to reveal the world in which Alice lived.
Editorial: "Alice in Wonderland" Ph.: Annie Leibovitz -
Scan source: unknown? The scans are exceptional

Vogue US, December 2003
Curiouser and Curiouser
Beyond nonsense verse and coming-of-age fables, Lewis Carroll's true passion was photographing moody young beauties.This is the only black and white photograph in the whole shot. Olivier Theyskens, in the guise of Carroll, captures model Natalia Vodianova as Alice Liddell. Natalia wears a Rochas iridescent blue-flower ruffle dress specially designed by Theyskens.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz
 Down the Rabbit Hole
Faster, faster, faster she fell! Chasing Tom Ford's White Rabbit, our Alice disappears down the never-ending dark passage.
Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Gauche sky-blue silk-satin dress.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz
      Drink Me
How was Alice to know the innocent little bottle would make her grow to such a size?
As Helmut Lang watched from the wall, she curled her legs up and hoped the designer's organza minidress wouldn't be crushed by her startling height. Dress from the Helmut Lang made-to-measure studio.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz
  Advice from a Caterpillar
Alice found herself engaged in an infuriatingly roundabout conversation with a mushroom-dweller.
Where am I? she wondered...and how have I gotten here?
Alice is clad in Marc Jacobs's ruffled chiffon minidress,
Photo: Annie Leibovitz
The Cheshire Cat
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” Alice asked sweetly of the cat with a grin as devilish as anything she had ever seen.
“ That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” replied our Cat,
Jean Paul Gaultier. Blue silk-jersey draped dress by Gaultier Paris.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz
    Tweedledum and Tweedledee
“If you think we're alive, you ought to speak,” said the one marked DEE.

Alice, in a Viktor & Rolf multilayered silk dress, stared as the Tweedle duo spouted nonsensical tongue twisters. Rolf Snoeren, left, and Viktor Horsting wear matching suits and bow ties of their own design.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz
     The Mad Tea Party
“No room!” The March Hare and Mad Hatter shouted. “No room!” But Alice plunked down, desperate for some biscuits after a long day of living backward.

Christian Lacroix Haute Couture dress with painted and sculpted mink dickey over a lace top and frilled lamé skirt. Stephen Jones (right), wears a custom-made hat of his own design. 
Lacroix, as the March Hare, is at far right
Photo: Annie Leibovitz
Who Stole the Tarts?
“My name is Alice, so please Your Majesty,”  said the young girl softly. “ You make me giddy!” screamed the Queen.

Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano hand-painted polka-dot dress. Galliano as the Queen of Hearts, wears a Dior Haute Couture coat and is accompanied by his King, Alexis Roche.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz
The Mock Turtle's Story
“What is his sorrow?” asked Alice, “Once,” sighed the Mock Turtle, “ I was a real turtle.”

Alice is wearing a Atelier Versace layered silk-tulle and chiffon-organza dress lined in lace. Donatella Versace and Rupert Everett are in Versace. Photo: Annie Leibovitz