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05/04/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

'Alice In Wonderland' Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Dishes On Making Eccentric Ensembles

Costume designer Colleen Atwood had quite the challenge in creating the clothes for Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland." She talked to WWD about her avoiding "cliche," "drug store Halloween" costumes and her final ensembles.

Perhaps most impressive is Helena Bonham Carter's Red Queen get-up.

First, Atwood made Bonham Carter's head seem larger by outfitting the actress with a dress she describes as "tipped to Elizabethan" with a nipped-in waist and high collar. Then, the hair and makeup team fitted the actress with a prosthetic forehead that pushed her hairline back and a heart-shaped wig that weighed three pounds ("which doesn't sound like a lot," notes Baliel, "but when you're just supporting it, it really is"). On top of that, Bonham Carter's head was digitally enhanced to appear three times its normal size. Though Atwood demurs, "I think her acting did the intimidating, not the costume."

"I got to do all these new things I hadn't done before," Atwood added. She said she also owed a lot of thanks to the hair and makeup teams.