If you’ve been following along on the ‘gram, then you know that last week I had the pleasure of attending a truly amazing event: A mad-hatter themed tea party at the Lambs’ Club that included a roudtable interview with award-winning costume designer, Colleen Atwood. If you haven’t seen Alice Through the Looking Glass yet, then you definitely need to get on it (and I’ve got a special giveaway to help you out). The film picks up 6 years after our heroine’s first adventure, and I took my outfit queues from the opening scene which features Alice commanding her own ship while wearing a sharp captain’s military coat.
For the past 20 years Colleen Atwood’s work has blazed across the big screen in a number of films, including Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Beloved, Edward Scissor Hands, The Silence of the Lambs, Snow White and the Huntsman, and many more.
One of the most interesting things I learned during our talk was that she got her start in costume design much later in life – after having child and working in several other jobs. Originally, she wanted to become an artist, but had to sacrifice her dream for a more stable career in order to support her daughter on her own. Once her daughter was in college, Colleen set off for NYC with $500 in her pockets and along the way discovered her passion and innate talent for costume design.
Talk about an incredible story! Hearing her journey reminded me how we only seem to ask children what they want to be when they grow up. However, the growing process doesn’t stop once you become an adult, and it’s never too late to discover what your true passion is in life and to become wildly successful at it.