To celebrate the release of video game auteur American McGee’s critically acclaimed Alice series, “Madness Returns,” world renown designer Dr. Romanelli was asked to produce an item as unique and artistic as American’s vision, and the results are as mysterious as Alice’s travels.
Using the Japanese textile “Boro,” a mended and patched material over a 100 years old, Dr. Romanelli was able to encapsulate both the dark and mysterious elements of the traditional Alice In Wonderland folklore and the unique, detailed vision of American McGee. Limited to only 3 pieces in total, the Dr. Romanelli “Alice” Blazer is something you’ll want to see in person.
Dr. Romanelli explains, “Boro textiles are usually sewn from 19th and early 20th century rags and patches of indigo dyed cotton. The diversity of the patches on any given piece is a veritable encyclopedia of hand loomed cotton indigo from old Japan, mostly created by happenstance and not planned by the maker.”
The result of ancient late night stitching in a farmhouse, Boro is a creative process all on its own, which in this case is also used as a canvas for symbols and inspiration from American’s newest title. The rabbit on the front chest, and the Omega necklace found around American’s Alice (found on the back of the jacket), both represent the influence American’s creativity had on the special Dr. Romanelli pieces. Both of these characters are made from Boro and hand stitched to the blazers .
In addition to the characters, each jacket is made with a vintage satin lining containing a hidden “blood splattered” DRx prescription.
Exclusive for America, the incredible rare “Alice” Blazer will be unveiled at Gallery1988 for the “American McGee’s Alice” art show and party, running during E3 in Los Angeles. There is an E3 Private reception on Wednesday, June 8th and a public reception on Thursday, June 9th, from 7-10 PM. Artwork from Luke Chueh, Chet Zar, Kevin Tong, Ken Taylor and NC Winters will also be on display. You can learn more about the event and Gallery1988 by visiting gallery1988.com.