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9th May, 2015

Alice and Fashion

Event Details

9th May, 2015
10.00 - 17.45
V&A Museum of Childhood
£25 (concessions available)

Few literary characters have shaped the way we dress as much as Alice – still today, almost 150 years after the first publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865.
Nor have many been as frequently and diversely restyled. This one-day conference explores Alice as both follower of fashion and trend-setter, with papers spanning the century and half since the publication of Wonderland. It looks closely at what Alice wears and what this can tell us about her, and at some of the diverse practices of dressing as Alice in different parts of the world.

They will also explore the extent of and reasons for the profound influence of the Alice books on the world of fashion.

In addition to the papers and discussion, there will also be opportunities to inspect and handle a range of texts, fabrics and other items from the holdings of the Museum of Childhood and from collections of Lewis Carroll Society members.

A private evening reception will take place following the conference in the Museum of Childhood alongside the newly opened ‘Alice Look’ exhibition (2 May to 1 November 2015) to which all members attending the conference are invited.

Speakers include:

  • Will Brooker
  • Aneesh Barai
  • Shahidha Bari
  • Ellen Kirkpatrick
  • Emma Mawston
  • Clare Rose
  • Mark Richards
  • Josephine Rout
  • Kiera Vaclavik

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