V&A announces Alice in Wonderland exhibition featuring Tim Burton costumes

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The V&A has announced a major new exhibition for 2020 based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser will bring together original concept art from Walt Disney’s 1951 film with sketches and costumes from the 2010 Tim Burton version.

The show will trace the visual development of Alice in Wonderland from Walt Disney’s early meetings with Aldous Huxley to David Hall’s concept drawings, and Mary Blair’s designs for the 1951 animated feature, which were inspired by Christian Dior’s 1947 collection.

Burton worked with Oscar-award winning costume designer Colleen Atwood to bring the original Tenniel book illustrations to life, taking inspiration from a variety of sources.

Kate Bailey, Senior Curator of Theatre and Performance at the V&A, said: “No film adaptation of Alice has had a more enduring cultural impact than Disney’s 1951 Alice in Wonderland, so we are delighted to showcase original artworks and reveal the lesser known stories behind the creative development of this iconic film, for the first time in the UK. Alongside, visitors will be able to trace the visual development of the story across 158 years from John Tenniel’s illustrations for the first edition to Colleen Atwood’s magnificent costumes for Tim Burton’s films. The exhibition will celebrate the books as an endless source of inspiration and curiosity for some of the world’s most creative minds – we look forward to welcoming a new generation to imagine their own wonderland on the other side of the looking glass.”

The exhibition will run from 27 June 2020 – 10 January 2021, with tickets priced at £20.

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