‘If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it was because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary-wise, what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?’
Everyone loves this nonsensical tale about a bored young girl named Alice, who chases a rabbit down a rabbit hole and gets herself embroiled in the lives and tribulations of the inhabitants of ‘Wonderland’.
Written in 1865 by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (under the nom de plum Lewis Carroll) the story continues to enthrall both the young, and the young at heart with its eccentric characters and complete disregard for logic.
‘I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date’ muttered the white rabbit when Alice catches site of him, dressed in a waistcoat and looking at his pocket watch. As Alice tumbles into the rabbit hole after him her world is turned upside down as she lands at the entrance to Wonderland.
Here, she meets a myriad of crazy characters, and gets into many a strange situation.
She drinks a potion labeled ‘Drink me’ and shrinks, while a cake labeled ‘eat me’ causes her to grow to an enormous size. She meets a blue ‘hookah’ smoking caterpillar, and again consumes food that alters her size.
The Cheshire Cat and his grin is next to make an appearance, directing her to the Mad Hatters tea party. Being punished by time, the Mad Hatter is perpetually stuck at 6pm (tea time) and bombards Alice with riddles. ‘This is the silliest Tea Party I ever went to! I’m never going back there again! she exclaims as she hurries away.
She stumbles into the garden of the Queen of Hearts. Invited (or ordered) to a game of croquet with flamingo for mallets, before attending the trial of the Knave of Hearts who has been accused of stealing the Queens tarts.
Unexpectedly (mainly because she hasn’t eaten anything) Alice begins to grow and she is ordered from the court, as ‘All persons more than a mile high to leave the court!’ but Alice refuses. The Queen of Hearts orders ‘Off with her Head’ and Alice is set upon by a living pack of cards.
Luckily Alice wakes up, finding herself safely back at the riverbank, where she had first spied the rabbit that lured her to Wonderland.
The story lends itself brilliantly to be retold through film, and several TV, live action and animated versions have been made to date. Most well know however would be the 1951 Animated version by Disney and the more recent, and slightly more ‘grown up’, 2010 Tim Burton interpretation.
The story is filled with now iconic characters and sequences, combining to create a world where anything can, and does, happen and continues to be an influential text in pop culture and literature.
Many a fantastic costume, art piece or jewelry item has been created in honour of the book and various films, some of which you will find at RebelsMarket.
Never be late, for a very important date when you carry the Alice in Wonderland Antique Old World Clock Pendant by Posh Impressions
Have a tea party to attend? Stun the guests in the exquisite Alice in Wonderland Fantasy Gown Set Bloomers by Romantic Threads
For a more subtle touch these OOAK Mad Hatters Tea Cup Cufflinks by SCT are a great way to add a little madness to any outfit.
Or bring out your inner queen of hearts with Queen Hearts Alice Wonderland Gauntlets Gloves by Kinky Kex
‘I’ve often seen a cat without a grin, but never a grin without a cat! This t-shirt has the Grin, but not the cat. And it even glows in the dark!! Luminous Cheshire Cat Boy Men Black T-Shirt Tee by Lovesweetbox
‘Better Read it first, for if one drinks much from a bottle marked ‘Poison’, it’s almost certain to disagree with one sooner or later’. Who knows what will happen when you follow the advice of this ‘Drink Me’ Potion Bottle Necklace by Sparklesby Gem
‘We’re all mad here… how do you know I’m mad? You must be…or you wouldn’t have come here’. Wear your madness around your neck; We’re all Mad Here Glass Necklace by Atomic Lace
And dress the part with this Mad Hatter Handmade Mini Top Hat by La Cripta Barcelona
‘Begin at the Beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’ Good advice to keep in mind when crafting your own Alice art using the Key Wonderland Cross Stitch Kit by Gecko Rouge
Or, if you’re not an artistic individual, just hang this Fine Art Print Miss Wonderland by Black Market Art Company on your wall.
From classic Alice based on the original Illustrations or the Disney film, to the more grown up Alice interpretation by Burton you’ll find some amazing pieces to suit any taste.