2015 marks 150 years since Lewis Carroll put pen to paper and scribed one of the most infamous children’s tales of all time. Alice in Wonderland is a story that is beloved by all ages – from children enthralled with the Disney classic, to grown-ups that appreciate the fantastical creations. To celebrate the anniversary, there've been enticing events all across England – read all about these celebrations of everything Alice, and how to recreate her iconic style!
From 8th May
The Vaults, Leake Street, London
Dress code: There’s a mandatory red and black dress code – so be sure to impress the Red Queen in our rockabilly 'Rita’ dress
Theatre group Les Enfants Terrible present an immersive experience in the vaults underneath Waterloo Station, culminating in a crazy Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for all to enjoy. Upon entry, you select ‘Drink Me’ or ‘Eat Me’; and are subsequently led on a journey of discovery where you will stumble across The Queen of Hearts and the rest of the Wonderland characters.
1st May – 2nd November
The V&A, London
Dress code: Why not channel Alice herself in our cobalt blue
Housed within the iconic Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of Childhood presents a retrospective of Alice’s iconic style. Looking at how the character’s iconic costume has influenced a host of prolific designers, stylists and photographers, the exhibition showcases an array of garments and photographs, alongside an exclusive commission by pattern cutter Josie Smith.
Manchester International Festival
Dress code: Get ready to paint the roses red in our rose print ‘Scarlet’ dress
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini present a modern musical interpretation of the classic Alice story. Wonder.land promises to fuse the iconic characters and extraordinary events of the original story with elements from modern culture. Most notably, this version of Wonderland exists online.
The Sanderson Hotel, London
Dress code: Complement the cakes with our sugary sweet ‘Daria’ swing dress.
London’s Sanderson Hotel offers a spectacular alternative to the quintessentially British tradition with its Mad Hatter’s Tea Party inspired menu. A collaboration with design collective, Luna & Curious, every detail has been carefully considered, right down to the whimsical crockery, menus hidden inside books and napkins covered in riddles. Enjoy a smorgasbord of delicate sandwiches, sweet and savoury scones, and unusual yet delicious treats.
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