neonV enters the world of oz
V: what was the inspiration behind illustrating the neonV collective as the cast of the wizard of oz?
devin alexander: the wizard of oz theme came to me shortly after brainstorming a few ideas for the girls. i had a list of fairy tales, children’s fables and short stories to choose from but none of them really gave me the “wow” factor i was looking for. it wasn’t until a week after speaking with neonV’s fashion director, kimee brown, about a few ideas, that two of my favorite films, the wizard of oz and the wiz aired on television in the same week! that was confirmation that this theme would be perfect for the ladies of neonV. i’m happy to say that everything else fell into place right after that.
V: how did you pair each member of the neonV collective with the cast of the wizard of oz?
da: it was a little difficult in the beginning. i wanted to be sure that each of the girls’ personalities where represented as beautifully as possible. i received a packet with a few photos of the girls to give me an idea of who i can match up the characters with (it was extremely helpful).
i was able to use the five main characters of the wizard of oz and the neonV collective matched up perfectly after taking a careful look at the ladies’ very fun and laid back personalities. tanekeya is portrayed as the lion, carmela as glenda “the good witch”, stephanie portrayed as the tin man, michelle casted as the scarecrow and last but not least kimee as dorothy gale. i added a touch of flair and fashion to each of them to give the theme a modern look. it took the illustrations to new level!
V: who is your favorite wizard of oz character and why?
da: i really love of all of the characters in the wizard of oz. sometimes it would be a tie between the scarecrow and the tin man, but i definitely have a sweet spot for the scarecrow. when i was young watching the movie, he was my favorite only because he was the first character dorothy met along her journey on the yellow brick road (silly reason, i know) [laughs]. but as i got older watching it, it was his desire to learn that made love the scarecrow as the character.
not to mention, my favorite quote from the movie came from the scarecrow, “…some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t they?”
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artist: devin alexander
V: kimee brown