Alice’s Wonder Man


Jimmie Henslee wears many chapeaux, all of them urbane. Stylist, collector, illustrator, decorator %26#8212; the man is a bundle of artistic gifts. So when we dreamt of a little magic for our December cover and the jewelry feature that goes with it, we turned to the talented Mr. Henslee. %26#8220;Give us Alice in Wonderland,%26#8221; we said, %26#8220;but done your way.%26#8221; A whirl of India inks and watercolors later, we had our Alice %26#8212; only the looking glass is Chippendale, the dress is Balenciaga and the queen has nothing to do with hearts. (But she is a reigning monarch. You%26#8217;ll see.) A scholar in costume history and an aficionado of fashion photography, Henslee tapped into his %26#8220;love of all things exotic%26#8221; for our Alice, giving her a Chinese-wallpapered pagoda to pop into, a chandelier%26#8217;d tree under which to take tea and a mantel to pose in front of that is %26#8220;a pastiche, if you will, of Georgian and Regency styles.%26#8221; And what of Alice%26#8217;s Balenciaga confection? The great Cristobal, says Henslee, %26#8220;is one of my favorite artists, who just happened to be a couturier.%26#8221; We concur. If you%26#8217;re dreaming of your own wonderland, here%26#8217;s news: Henslee can illustrate your own environs %26#8212; a room, a moment, your entire house %26#8212; and present you with a one-of-a-kind book of gorgeously charming drawings. Move over, Alice. Go behind the scenes during the making of our story at papercitymag.com. Contact Jimmie at 214.729.7069; jimmiehenslee@yahoo.com.%26#160;

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