The Alice Look

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 (© Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
 (© Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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© Molly Molloy

Discover how Wonderland's most famous visitor has become a fashion icon in the 150 years since her creation.

Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' turns 150 in 2015, and to mark the anniversary this exhibition will bring together garments, photographs, rare editions and illustrations which show how Alice has both followed and influenced fashion over the decades. As well as representing the character's original look, the exhibits will include modern interpretations of it, such as Annie Liebowitz's photographs for US Vogue and pop videos from Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Aerosmith. Much as her adventures in Wonderland saw her transform, Alice's look has also changed as it's travelled, and visitors will see Swahili Alice's local kanga, Provencal Alice's sundress and sandals and even a Lolita-style outfit from 80s Japan inspired by the the character.

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VERY small exhibition in the central hall of the museum, between the information desk, the shop and the café. Very noisy – not calm at all – setting, but beautifully designed display boxes and boards with illustrations from the character in its 150-year history. It is impressive how the story was (graphically) adapted through space and time keeping up to date with the changing values and fashion (if not straight influencing it). And it is fascinating to see the imagery of the Alice world portrayed differently in books from different places; but with such a small sampling, it only makes you want to see more...