The Alice Look
2 May – 1 November 2015
Free to all
Marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carrol's book, the museum celebrates Alice as a style icon and trendsetter.
With her striped stockings, full-skirted dress and apron and T-bar shoes, Alice embodied the typical Victorian girls' style. This show charts how her look has been translated and reinvented in the 200 years since, drawing on a wealth of photographs, illustrations and fashion garments.
On display are examples of Victorian dress, as well as artwork from various editions of the book which show how her style was updated throughout the 20th and 21st century to suit contemporary audiences. Meanwhile Vivienne Westwood designs and fabric from Liberty Spring Summer 2015 reveal how she continues to inspire fashion today.
One section of the exhibition devotes itself to how Alice's appearance alters according to her global location; on the Provencale she wears tropezienne sandals and a sundress, while in Swahili she opts for a local kanga.
Pictures from Annie Liebowitz's 2003 wonderland-inspired US Vogue shoot restaged the original drawings for Lewis Carroll’s books. Natalia Vodianova features as Alice, while designers take on the supporting roles: Christian Lacroix as the March Hare, Tom Ford the White Rabbit, Marc Jacobs the Caterpillar, Stephen Jones the Mad Hatter, John Galliano the Red Queen and Viktor and Rolf as Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
Each of the blue dresses Vodianova wears was created for her especially for the project.