Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (150th Anniversary Edition with Dame Vivienne Westwood)

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (150th Anniversary Edition with Dame Vivienne Westwood)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (150th Anniversary Edition with Dame Vivienne Westwood)

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Now she has illustrated her favourite children's story by creating a unique front cover and end papers for this very special edition. Featuring daring sets, VR experiences, and a whole host of Alice-related objects from handwritten manuscripts to stage costumes, the exhibition charts Alice’s origins, reinventions and extensive cultural reach over the past 156 years.

An evident collaboration between the whimsical world of Caroll and the storytelling talent of the british designer. Alice Through the Looking Glass by Emma Chichester Clark presents the sequel in great fashion for the very young. Westwood also read excerpts from the story to 20 children from various charities, including Shelter, Rays of Sunshine and Kids Company. That means little, as I – and in fact most people – will of course be reading them on their unbirthday, but the list does include the current recipient of that honour, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Westwood has long had a connection to Carroll’s work—Alice in Wonderland inspired her Fall/Winter 2012 collection and she’s referred to the story as one of her favourites from her childhood.The cover was inspired by Commedia dell’arte Harlequin’s costumes, which prints has been synonymous with the Westwood brand for almost 40 years. Alice’s legacy extends in many directions, but she’s cast a particularly significant shadow over fashion.

Westwood - whose catwalk shows have been inspired by episodes from Carroll’s fantasy novel, from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to her twisted take on Britishness - says she often sees the world through the looking glass. Her punk attitude is more alive now than in the movement's seventies' heyday and her outspoken, Union Jack-waving Englishness (with a few added safety pins and tea stains), is undiminished. This edition is unique in that it was created by Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll's penname) as a gift for Alice Lidell in 1864 and only adapted for publication a year later. A harlequin, according to the novel’s press release, “is characterised by his comedic, often trickster, mischievous qualities – and so the deconstructed print is the perfect fit for Carroll’s tale of Wonderland”.Westwood said: “When you read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, you’ll see the original drawings by Tenniel which help make the book so sensational. Exchanging Valentines can be an awkward process, especially when you consider “Vinegar Valentines” and other snarky sentiments - whatever your tastes, enjoy the sweet and sour cards alike in this gallery! Original and outrageous, British designer Vivienne Westwood is one of the most recognised and influential designers of the late twentieth century. Card, paper and pens are used to depict individual characters, each with their own unique prop and inspired by the books’ original illustrations. He was very fond of puzzles and some readers have found mathematical jokes and codes hidden in his Alice books.

This special edition includes Through the Looking Glass as well as the original illustrations by Sir John Tenniel which were requested by Vivienne Westwood herself. The designer teamed with Vintage Classics on a gift edition of Lewis Carroll's tale to celebrate its 150th anniversary. She has also written the introduction to the book and added several pages about her views on capitalism, the environment, sustainable energy and activism to the new edition. There's an image on the flyleaf that looks like a Mr Gum cover design reject, there's a brief introduction, an image regarding climate change, and a two-page essay regarding capitalism fresh from the Russell Brand School of Politics. The latter designed a special edition cover of Carroll’s book in 2015, praising it in the accompanying introduction for its note of curiosity and mistrust of adult authority.

The Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter and White Rabbit surround a bespoke distorted table adorned in Westwood’s fabric that shrinks down to miniature size.

The best-known character from the Commedia dell’arte is also the perfect choice for Alice’s adventures and his malicious, trickster but yet always comic spirit perfectly represents the fantastic Wonderland. Summary: How do you make a classic book that's really quite dreadful both better and worse for its 150th birthday? British designer Vivienne Westwood has marked the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice in Wonderland, with a special cover that she has designed in collaboration with Vintage Classics. Never become complacent,” she also adds, “The world we think we know reflects the way we are conditioned to see it.They allow for total immersion in make-believe and offer a vibrant canvas peopled by characters and scenes already familiar to the viewer.



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