It has been 150 years since Lewis Carroll’s seminal novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published, and to celebrate 2015 sees all things Alice sweep into mainstream culture from events and exhibitions to the fashion and design world. Taking inspiration from the Mad Hatter’s whimsical style and the enchantment of Alice’s adventures, this trend is all about imagination and the freedom of childhood. Lewis Carroll’s novel has had such a huge impact on culture throughout these last 150 years it’s no surprise that it is still influencing fashion and design even more than ever today.
Paying homage to this iconic work of literature the V&A Museum of Childhood’s display The Alice Look is set to bring together garments, photographs, rare additions and illustrations to show Alice as both a follower of fashion and a trendsetter. Showcasing how her style has been adopted and adapted across the world in all walks of life from a film showing clips of pop videos and catwalk shows inspired by Alice, featuring Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Aerosmith to the American Vogue’s Annie Liebovitz shoot featuring Natalia Vodianova and style by Grace Coddington.
Alice’s Adventures Underground – Photograph by Jason Joyce
The story we all know now as Alice in Wonderland was in fact originally called Alice’s Adventures Underground. Taking this quite literally the critically acclaimed theatre company Les Enfants have created an immersive experience to take place in the Vaults of Waterloo. Three years in the planning, there are two theatre shows- Alice’s Adventures Underground and Adventures in Wonderland, which promise to bring Wonderland to life on a grand scale.
From events to our own homes, the Alice effect has transcended fashion and art to come into our decor and one of the biggest looks this year for the home is the influence of Alice and her Wonderland world. Whimsy and enchantment are the order of the day for this look, and there are many designers and brands who are using direct influences such as prints and illustrations of the iconic characters to more subtle references such as the quirky dinnerware style we associate with the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
MacKenzie Childs Courtly Check – Image courtesy of Amara
The Courtly Check range of home accessories from MacKenzie Childs has a decidedly Wonderland theme to its patterns and designs, making it the ideal investment for those looking to add a taste of curiosity to their interior. The black and white checkerboard effect is the ideal pattern for dressing up and down to suit the occasion, and the monochrome styling means it sits well on its own or with an injection of brightly coloured table accessories.
Louise Kirk for Avenida Home – Image courtesy of Amara
Louise Kirk has designed a beautiful range of coasters and trays for Avenida Home which depict iconic inspired scenes from the beloved tale. The trays look as good on display as they do being used to serve tea and cake, and will work wonderfully well with the Courtly Check tableware range. Each piece from the collection for Avenida Home is handmade in Sweden from the finest birch wood and has a protective melamine coating making it dishwasher and food safe.
For true Alice in Wonderland fans Mrs Moore’s Vintage Store has the perfect array of tableware from plates, tea cups and cake stands to accessories including fabulous tea towels with famous quotes such as ‘curiouser and curiouser’. Every design features a colourful Alice in Wonderland illustration and the range includes all of the much loved characters from Alice herself to the Cheshire Cat.
Mrs Moore’s Vintage Store – Image courtesy of Amara
A book that has transcended decades and appeals to all generations, the cultural appeal of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will never cease and the impact of its characters and message will continue to live on. Bringing the magic and enchantment of Alice’s world to your interior is all about bring a sense of imagination and fun to the decor. From soft furnishings to furniture, there are many designs that bear the influence of Alice’s adventures and that can bring an instant update to any space in the home. Checkerboard, monochrome, statement shapes and Victorian-esque decadence in the details will all help add a touch of curious style to your interior. Tableware with an Alice inspired edge is the easiest and simplest way to get involved in this trend and the perfect way to bring a touch of wonderland home. Shop the Alice in Wonderland trend now at Amara.
To enjoy more of the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland discover The Alice Look, at the V&A’s museum of Childhood running until 1 November 2015, and Alice’s Adventures Underground runs until the 31st August.