There is something about Alice in Wonderland that appeals across the board to all ages. Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser at the V&A is no different. 

It is the showstopper you wanted, from a museum that has been in lockdown for three months.

alice curiouser and curiouser at the V&A

The world needs our museums to be open to feed our curiosity and feed our soul.

Alice | What to expect at the V&A

You will find the exhibition downstairs at the V&A in the big exhibition space off Exhibition Road. It is everything you would expect from the V&A, and more.

Alice Curiouser and curiouser. Tim Walker Images
Tim Walker photography inspired by Alice in Wonderland

The exhibition uses immersive art, performance, fashion and music to tell a story that was witten over 158 years ago. With over 300 objects, it is well worth the £20 entry.

“Begin at the beginning . . . and go on until you come to the end: then stop.”

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

The make-believe world began with a story told by Charles Dodgson to Alice Liddell and her sister on a golden afternoon. It was only when the book was published that Dodgson changed his name to Lewis Carroll.

The first two rooms start with the early history. Fascinating photos and drawings to get you ready for a very creative interpretation of the books.

John Tenniel’s illustrations are as timeless and beautiful today as they were then. Without a doubt, his interpretation of the characters established the success of the books. Look out for the early white rabbit drawing… a particular favourite of mine.

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser | The Design

The exhibition has been designed by the creator of the poppy installation at the Tower of London, Tom Piper.

Alice Curiouser and curiouser
A waterfall of words

There is lots to see and do, stimulating your imagination. Clips from films remind you of the eccentric story and how wild the imagination of Lewis Carroll’s world was.

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser | Inspired by

The story is pure magic. Who wouldn’t want to live in Alice’s dreamy world, far away from the reality of life?

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is a delight of visual changing tablescapes – even Kusama makes an appearance.

Alice Curiouser and curiouser

There is a room for a VR opportunity, though not for me as unfortunately it makes me feel ill, but everyone else LOVED it.

Alice Curiouser and curiouser
Play croquet à la Alice in Wonderland

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser | Fashion

The fashion world has always been inspired by Alice in Wonderland: from eclectic designers like Vivian Westwood, to Bob Crowley who designed those iconic costumes for the Royal Ballet in 2017, and the extraordinary Tim Walker.

Bob Crowley's costume from alice in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House
Bob Crowley’s Queen of Hearts

Details | Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

It is a showstopper. I loved it for the history and its detail, the visual elements of surprise, the costumes, the art… It will be a sell-out, so if you are tempted don’t delay, book it today. Remember the V&A is only open Wednesday to Sunday. Open now until 31st December 2021

What else to see at the V&A now:

We loved the Bag’s Inside Out exhibition. It is back on after being open for only what seemed like seconds in December, exploring the culture, history and craft of this ultimate accessory.

The Raphael Rooms : One of my favourite galleries at the best of times; it has now become the most dramatic.

Raphael Gallery at the V&A

The Raphael Court has been completely refurbished to mark the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death.

Raphael Rooms at the V&A
The Cartoons on loan from HM the Queen’s Collection

The Cartoons are amongst the greatest Renaissance treasures in the UK and have been given a spectacular new lease of life in this unique space.

Epic Iran : Opens 29 May – 12 September 2021 and will explore 5000 years of art, design and culture with over 300 objects on view, many never seen in public before. Genuinely very excited to see this.

General Information

All Exhibitions are paid entry, but you can visit the V&A for free. You must now pre-book timed entry tickets due to the Covid restrictions. Well worth the effort as there is so much to see. Book HERE