Most of the world is aware of Walt Disney's influence on consumerism -- the major international brand has given us everything from movies to silverware, Halloween costumes to stuffed animals -- but, if you're like most of us in the fashion industry, the idea that Disney could take a grand step into our cherished apparel industry may make you a little uncomfortable.
Visions of Minnie Mouse-style polka dots arise along side full length hoop-skirt gowns in shades like canary and turquoise creep into the mind of anyone who is presented with the name Walt Disney Signature Collection.
Disney defines the collection as an "upscale, non-character, adult lifestyle" brand -- the term "non-character" being extremely important. The concept behind Disney's mega-billion includes a fantastic experience, full of anachronistic beauty, glamour and mystique... Naturally, there was only one choice when it came to naming the designer behind the line: Sue Wong.
Wong lives and breathes classic romance. Citing muses such as Carole Lombard and Greta Garbo, the infusion of whimsical, Disney-esque aesthetic with such strong, powerful, feminine strength offers the perfect aire of intrigue for the collection.
True to 2010 form, the Alice in Wonderland obsession was not lost on Disney. Wong has dreamed up and created an extensive line of limited edition pieces (mostly dresses and a few elaborate accessories) based on the Lewis Carroll stories, but the inspirations don't just stop at the characters. There is an immense, statement necklace based on the rose garden belonging to the Red Queen, and a set of full length gowns inspired by the talking flower garden. Several of the dresses are based on the character, Alice, as well as pieces aligned with the Mad Hatter, Red Queen, White Queen, and -- of course -- the White Rabbit.
Considering the quality and originality of each piece (and the fact that they're all limited edition), they remain somewhat affordable with prices between $329 and $609. You can find the pieces at Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom's, Lord and Taylor and Macy's.