Alannah recently visited ‘The Alice Look’ exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood. The exhibition provided a great insight into the world of Alice in Wonderland, especially her ever changing style. The story and film still influences many designers, brands and photo shoots.
Liberty created a new collection of prints to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s iconic tale, inspired by the gardens in the story:
“For the Alice’s Adventures in Liberty Print story a selection of accomplished collaborators were asked to create or select from the Liberty Archive a print that they believe Alice would wear in Wonderland.” This includes Kathryn Beaumont, the English actress who was the voice of Alice in the Disney feature.
‘She knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall and wander about among those beds of bright flowers.’ – Lewis Carroll (from Liberty’s website).
Mrs Monroe Liberty fabric was designed by Alex Monroe, an established designer who has 25 years experience making traditional handmade jewellery from original sketches, inspired by nature and British eccentricity. With a long-term interest and love of Liberty fabrics Alex jumped at the opportunity to work with Liberty and create a unique ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed print.
‘ ”O Tiger – Lily!” said Alice, addressing herself to one that was waving gracefully about in the wind, ”I wish you could talk!”
‘‘We can talk,” said the Tiger Lily: ”when there’s anybody worth talking to.” ‘ – Lewis Carroll
Vans and Liberty
The iconic skate brand collaborated with Liberty for a whimsical Alice inspired print. The slip-on is a fantastical floral print, whereas the authentic trainer has illustrations of the Mad Hatter, cards and more. The fabric is called ‘Gallymoggers Reynard’, 2015, and is based on an upholstery design by Charles Voysey from the 1920s.
Liberty & Mrs Moore Fine Bone China
Liberty also stock Mrs Moore’s Vintage Store China, with illustrations from the tale. All of their designs are silk screen printed onto the china and decorated by hand, all proudly made in Britain.
Check out more of their products on Liberty’s website or on Mrs Moore’s Vintage Store
The Japanese have also been heavily influenced by the fantasy world of Alice in Wonderland.
The Alice Look is on at the Victoria & Albert Childhood Museum until the 1st of November 2015.