‘What’s the matter my dear; don’t you care for tea?’
When I think crazy, I think the Mad Hatter. A seemingly insane man, ostensibly a hat maker, who is obsessed with tea time and tea parties. All the while displaying poor manners and a desire to confuse and challenge others with riddles. Most of which he himself can not even solve.
In the modern fashion world, I think the Hatter would fit in quite well. Quirky and utterly insane, this character would bring an immense amount of creativity and originality to the work place. They’d march to the beat of their own drum, confident and comfortable in their own skin and unbothered by everyone around them.
I think the Mad Hatter was probably the easiest character to channel. It was so fun to pull a million different faces in front of the camera and portray such an eccentric personality. Of course I had to wear a hat and felt a fedora was the perfect modern day hat for the job. I chose to wear a blouse with a crazy water colour print and a pussy bow to replicate the trendy feminine version of a tie. In both the Disney Version and Tim Burton movies, The Hatter is dressed in a bow tie, jacket, pants and boots. I simply recreated the outfit, keeping more neutral earthy colours which, paired with the garment cuts, creates a ‘folky’ inspired look.
Hair & Makeup
For the makeup, I wanted to compliment the outfit and still grasp the crazy, eccentric personality. I applied a pink shade to my lids with a dark purple in the crease and an amazingly pigmented orange in the inner corner. I ran a green eyeshadow under my lids to enhance the craziness and tie the look together. This was actually the first time I’ve ever warn bold colours and it was oddly liberating. I wore a mauve pink on my lips to match the hat. I used the ‘Nume Pearl wand’ to create voluminous, wild curls.
The Mad Hatter wouldn’t be complete without his tea. Therefore, it was a no-brainer that we had to shoot at this beautiful location. What better a place than the Mad Hatter’s tea party itself? There are a few life lessons I discovered whilst I was there. One, never go anywhere without a cup of tea. Two, in terms of fashion, a hat is always best. Lastly, if you find yourself lacking in conversation, simply begin by asking everyone why a raven is like a writing desk.
If we at all love the Hatter, it is probably because he allows us to get in touch with the slightly crazy aspects of our personality, and we all know we have those. Here’s to the Hatter, then.
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