Embedded deep within the recesses of our minds are chambers where we can find images of childhood dreams and dark secrets. And here I explored one of those fantasies in a whimsical, colorful ironic twist portraying fabricated personas yet showing the realities of their personalities behind their illusions. I invite you to be my guest on this tangled tale of a tea party of mess and craziness! This is a Mad Hatter’s afternoon gathering in a make believe world of Wonderland where a complex group of individuals portray their wild juvenile fantasies with flamboyance, gaudiness, and crankiness. And let us begin this brief journey with one of our characters, the white rabbit who is in a hurry looking worried at his watch striking six, and holding a card on the other with the words written “You are invited to tea”.
Come hither quickly! Come follow him hop and run through the bushes and to disappear behind an old oak tree and slide down through a dark and mysterious magical rabbit hole, and unlock a key that opens to a path that leads to a dense woodland through a clearing where a table was setup for important guests of a most unusually crazy and whimsical soiree!
The Dorky boy as the White Rabbit
”Oh my furry whiskers, I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!” The library and the laboratory are his lairs, and he is seen as a clever one but for him that is not entirely true. He oftentimes despise his boring lifestyle which he is accustomed to, he also dreamed of going wild and explore the madness of the world outside his own.
The Vamp as the Sinister Alice
“I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night. Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!” She definitely knows how to charm people around her, but unbelievably she is tired of that facade and wants that villainous scheming side of her to be released which she constantly and secretly hides.
The Eccentric as The Mad Hatter
“Have you any idea why a raven is like a writing desk?” In his twisted mind are a thousand and one riddles, unheard of stories, crazy fantasies and out of this world ideas for fun and parties that he steadfastly think and believe are enticing and praiseworthy. But then everything he does only drives everyone around him entirely bonkers.
The Geeky Girl as a Seductive Cheshire Cat
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here.I’m mad. You’re mad..you must be, or you couldn’t have come here.” In her world, it’s all about books, and enrichment of her big brains which she is aware of. But she is envious and can’t hide her fantasy to also attract men fatally physically aside from her overflowing wit.
The Brat as a Spoiled King of Hearts
“Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” Bored and hardly fascinated after having everything in his disposal yet being envied by many for his privileged life. The pampered and spoiled kid would just lie in an idle afternoon in his own bubble kingdom of make believe, wanting for an exciting turn, but too lazy and afraid to try the things he never tried before, he lacks passion and is drowned in apprehension.
The Queen Bee as the Fierce Red Queen
She often shrieks in command “Off with his head!” whenever she has a disloyal subject, or anyone she dislikes. Arrogant, proud and obviously full of malevolence, she sees herself as the the most important ruler feared by her minions, yet she sometimes forget about her brashness, bossiness and her lofty status when she enjoys and let loose of herself just like another young girl at any party.
The Bully as a Gangster Guard of Cards
“Yes your highness, at once your majesty!” Tired of following orders he wished to break free. And so he did, and went far and wide and braved a lot of adventures and became the master of his own destiny. But distracted by a leisurely life, vices and money, he soon became involved in a series of unfortunate events and was held as a captive in a life of notoriety.
The Shy and Naive as the Ethereal White Queen
“You cannot live your life to please others. The choice must be yours, because when you step out to face that creature, you will step out alone.” Too sweet and too good to be true, she is praised and revered as if she can do nothing but be nice, be an admirable paragon of good manners and be looking vulnerable and too fragile at all times. Yet behind her naivete personality is a sturdy fierce character that explodes when induced. As they say still waters run deep, and the deeper it runs the darker it becomes.
THE MAD AS A HATTER’S PARTY!
Photos Courtesy of: Bob Sotejo of Prime Models
Jovelyn Heba, Divina Krystelle Velasco, Juddie Anne Baladiang, Rina Saez
Joshua Bien, John Michael Fetalcorin, Michael Amahit
Fashion Designer: Nikki Veneracion (for Gowns of White / Red Queens)
MUA: Kim Ray Piniero Santos
Styling / Set Design: U-Ned Algabre
Styling 2 / MUA 2: A’e Rangaig
Editing: MJ Balatbat
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