Late 1800s appearance of a poor lower-class London maid
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|“|| Who found her her new clothes? Who got her a place at Bumby's? Where'd she be without me? On the street, selling her backside!
Alice looks just as tatty and dirty as the outfit; her skin is sickly pale, her cheeks are more gaunt, her disheveled hair is shorter and messy, as it has not been washed or brushed recently, and the darkness around her eyes make her look tired or that she has been crying. Her malnourished figure is also noticeable. It is also possible she may smell due to the lack of modern hygiene.
Although it noticeably had some sort of Wonderland influence, as it resembles her classic dress, the dress makes Alice look insignificant in her reality as the use of dull colors draws attention away from her. It appears worn and dirty, as though she is unable to have it washed properly, possibly due to the lack of washing machines at the time. She wears a striped black-and-white long-sleeved shirt, and a dark skirt, under a tattered white pinafore with a checkered border. Her stockings and shoes are brown/black, and her shoes have nickel buckles.
The dress lacks Hollow Yves, although it does have a bow whose appearance looks fairly more tattered and beaten than usual. The middle section of the tied bow replaces the usual location of Hollow Yves.
- The dress shows how Alice looks in reality, while in Wonderland she appears as how she sees herself, or how she wants to look. It speaks to Alice's rebellious and subversive personality that she envisions herself wearing makeup (lipstick, eyeshadow and eyeliner) in Wonderland. Heavy makeup in the Victorian London era was frowned down on, except for prostitutes or actresses.
- As revealed in "A Night at the Opera", Alice's parents told child Alice that they planned on taking her to a theater performance, implying that the family had an interest in theater culture. It would make sense that Alice would admire actresses and want to resemble one.
- Alice's appearance in reality exemplifies themes of body image issues, and how outward appearances do not always coincide with inner feelings.
- Alice's reality appearance may be seen as a parody of idealized media depictions of conventionally beautiful girls and women, such as Disney princesses like Belle who like Alice is also a peasant in her time, yet somehow looks flawless. American McGee's version of Alice is also a stark contrast to the Disney version of Alice. For example, Alice has a tired face, disheveled hair, dark skin around her eyes, and wears a worn-looking and dirty-looking dress. This conveys that Alice is a real human being with a job and not a supermodel or Disney princess. Alice probably does not have time, motivation or money to focus on beauty when she has errands to do and orphaned children to care for at Houndsditch Home for Wayward Youth.
- Alice was originally supposed to have longer hair in London.