London's V&A Museum announce Alice in Wonderland exhibition
The Alice Look
Lewis Carol's seminal creation – The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland – continues to influence popular culture 150 years after its first publication. From Gwen Stefani's What You Waiting For music video, to Victoria Beckham's birthday Instagram posts and Tim Burton's stylised film revival of 2008, Alice and the gang are an enduring creative cornerstone that artists, of all kinds, can't help but emanate.
The most recent recognition of the imaginary world and style of Alice comes from theVictoria & Albert Museum of Childhood, who is staging 'The Alice Look' exhibition this spring, in honour of her sesquicentennial anniversary.
"Not only illustrators, but the world's best-known designers, stylists and photographers have restyled Lewis Carroll's Alice," the exhibition's curator, Kiera Vaclavik, told WWD. "Versace named Alice as one of his heroines. Westwood returns endlessly to her in her work. We are excited to be showing Alice as a style icon for the first time."
The exhibition will feature some of fashion and music's biggest names, who are influenced by Alice's outfits and the world they come from; Vivienne Westwood who's entire World's End London store is inspired by the story, designed a book cover which will be exhibited, American Vogue has featured an Alice in Wonderland shoot, shot by, Annie Leibovitz that will be on display with a host of other delightful items including prints, illustrations, ad campaigns, pop videos and clothes that reflect the eccentric character's influence on pop culture and fashion.
The centre piece of the exhibition will be a 3D display of the iconic outfit – a skirted dress, white apron, striped tights and T-bar shoes – created by the pattern-cutter for Roksanda Ilincic, Josie Smith, which will be constructed using materials that have text from the original book printed on them. There will also be runway shows featuring Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Aerosmith.
The Alice Look will run from May 2 – November 1 2015 at London's V&A Museum of Childhood