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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This is her way of establishing her own sanity in the ludicrous world of Wonderland, if just for her own sense of security. She had previously been spurred on by the pace of the action, but in a moment of sober reality sees things for what they really are. While on that subject, Tenniel is fully presented here, and while other artists have done just as much to make the books their own since, it is nice to have the classic artworks in their rightful place. The cover was inspired by Commedia dell’arte Harlequin’s costumes, which prints has been synonymous with the Westwood brand for almost 40 years. Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.

Grace Coddington, former creative director at American Vogue, described it as an “exhausting, exhilarating” and “magical” shoot, and Vodianova brought a combination of wide-eyed innocence and sulky humour to the photos that seemed to befit a contemporary understanding of Alice. A poor condition book can still make a good reading copy but is generally not collectible unless the item is very scarce. Card, paper and pens were used to depict individual characters, each with their own unique prop and inspired by the books’ original illustrations. It’s a space where nonsense reigns and transformation (that quality so readily offered by clothing) is par for the course. The second designer is Claudia Bradby, who has designed a pearl Alice necklace and bracelet set to mark this very important birthday.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. 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. 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”.

In 2007 she was awarded the gong for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design at the British Fashion Awards - but she was late on to the stage to collect it since she'd popped out to go to the loo. Vivienne has personally designed front cover and end papers as well as written the introduction which reveals her passion for the story and its personal ties with her own manifesto for positive activism and sustainability. Yes, as I said, it was more Carroll – and more Alice, courtesy of the sequel that everybody mis-titles, Through the Looking Glass. Author of Alice’s Adventures: Lewis Carroll in Popular Culture, Professor Will Brooker, describes how “In the 1930s it was psychoanalysis, in the 1960s it was psychedelia, and in the 1990s paedophilia”.The designer teamed with Vintage Classics on a gift edition of Lewis Carroll's tale to celebrate its 150th anniversary. She has been illustrated countless times, from illustrator John Tenniel’s original humorous line drawings featuring puffed sleeves and pinafores to artist and author Tove Jansson’s magical, rather melancholic images accompanying a Swedish edition of the book in 1966.

By beginning the penultimate paragraph with the declaration that this is “the world we think we know”, rather than the world we know, Westwood implies that the control Carroll holds over his characters is the same as the control the establishment holds over us. Her influence can be felt everywhere, from the trippy reaches of 1960s psychedelia to the kitsch whimsy that coalesced around Tim Burton’s 2010 film adaptation. 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. Ever since Alice first tumbled down a rabbit hole and entered the public consciousness via the release of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865, the curious, pragmatic, sometimes snappish little girl dreamed up by Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Dodgson) has become an unusual literary emblem – and surprising visual icon.Dame Vivienne Westwood has designed and introduced a special 150th anniversary edition of her favourite children's book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Carroll’s classic inspired Westwood’s fall-winter 2012 collection and she considers the tale one of her childhood favorites.

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