Today I wore the first of my real-life Wizard of Oz inspired outfits. Today I let my sartorial direction be lead by the Wicked Witch of the West. As a little girl, I was always terrified of the Wicked Witch, and would hide my eyes during the scene where she appears in the forest. However, a few years ago I read the book Wicked by Geoffry Maguire and I really empathised with the witch, or Elphaba. Wicked tells the story of the life of the witch before she was wicked, focussing on her days as a green-skinned teenager at Shiz University. If you haven’t read Wicked, I highly recommend it.
I am wearing:
– Black corset dress from 7 Angels
– Black and white striped bodysuit from Factorie
– Green tights from Cotton On
– Black and white striped tights
– Jolly Roger ballet flats from Shoe Bizzare
– Silver owl earrings from DFO
– Silver snake chain (thrifted)
– Lapis Lazuli ring (gifted)
– Amethyst ring
– Silver ring
– Turquoise ring
I left my hair wild and wavy to suggest that I had just stepped off a widswept broomstick. I used a heavy green eyeshadow blended out to the corners of my eyes and melded with the slightest hint of gold.
The Wicked Witch of the West is one of the most misunderstood characters in the Wizard of Oz. Here are a few little-known facts about this fascinating character:
– In the book Wicked, Geoffry Maguire derived the character’s name, Elphaba, from the phonetic sounds of the initials of the author of the Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, or L.F.B.
– Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch in the film, injured herself badly while filming the scene in Munchinland. When she disappears in a puff of smoke, the trapdoor that was to swallow her up from underneath malfunctioned, so Margarat was still standing in the open when the pyrotechnic flares went off, badly burning her face and hands.
– The makeup worn by the Wicked Witch in the film contained Iron and Mercury, so Margaret Hamilton was not allowed to eat whilst made up, to avoid swallowing any of the deadly powder.
– The costume department for the Wizard of Oz considered a more glamorous witch costume, with a tight-fitting dress, sequinned hat, high-heeled shoes and red lips, but settled for the uglier witch variant.
– The sky writing in the “Surrender Dorothy” scene was done by injecting the words into a glass tray filled with water using a syringe filled with black ink. The writing was scrawled backwards and filmed from the underside of a glass coffee table.