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Concept art by Mary Blair for Walt Disney's 1951 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland
Concept art by Mary Blair for Walt Disney's 1951 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland © Disney

The V&A’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ exhibition will feature Disney and Tim Burton originals

The anticipated exhibition will open on March 27 2021

By Rosemary Waugh
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This trip down the rabbit hole was set to be one of London’s cultural highlights last summer. The V&A’s highly anticipated ‘Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser’ exhibition was due to welcome fans in June 2020, but for obvious reasons, its opening was delayed. The immersive show will now debut in March this year. 

Designed by the award-winning Tom Piper, creator of the Tower of London’s poppies installation, ‘Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser’ will chart our continued devotion to all things Alice over the past 157 years.

Zenaida Yanowsky as the Red Queen, and artists of the Royal Ballet in The Royal Ballet production of ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’
© Johan Persson/ Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL

We now know the displays will feature the original concept art for Disney’s 1951 animated version, plus sketches and costumes from Tim Burton’s deliciously weird 2010 film. These include Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter outfit and Mia Wasikowska’s Alice costume, both designed by the Oscar-winning Colleen Atwood. 

Alice at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Illustration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by John Tenniel (1865)

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Other star attractions from the 300-plus items on display are John Tenniel’s iconic original illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s story and sketches by Ralph Steadman, former collaborator of Hunter S Thompson. Photographs by Tim Walker are also going to be on show, plus fashion designs by Vivienne Westwood and Viktor & Rolf.

To discover the rest, you’ll have to venture to Wonderland yourself when the exhibition opens on March 27. The show will run until the end of the year, giving ample opportunity for a socially distanced visit. 

For more details and to book tickets, click here.

Check out the V&A’s kimono exhibition online.

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