Introducing our special Alice in Wonderland celebratory issue

Marie-Claire Chappet
·2-min read
Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

To celebrate the opening of the V&A's extraordinary new exhibition Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser, we've produced a special collectors' edition of our May issue, featuring a limited-edition cover. This unique cover, of which there are only 200, has been created in partnership with pop artist Peter Blake, who is also an Alice devotee, and will be available to buy exclusively at the museum and via its online shop.

The issue features a celebration of Alice, and contributors from the world of food, fashion, literature, film and more, share with us their relationship with the enduring literary classic. We have a brilliant and wickedly funny essay by Helena Bonham Carter, who famously depicted the Queen of Hearts in Tim Burton's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, in which she discusses her love of the story and her very personal connection to it. The actress has even created a bespoke collage especially for Bazaar, brimming with all the delightful oddities of Carroll's wonderland.

The writer Joyce Carol Oates has penned a fascinating exploration of the book's thematic core and why it fundamentally resonates with adult readers, and the dancer Lauren Cuthbertson, who played the role of Alice in the Royal Ballet's production, shares her experiences of stepping into the literary character's (pointe) shoes.

The singer Grace Slick, whose song White Rabbit was inspired by Lewis Carroll's tale, talks to us, while Heston Blumenthal details how his gastronomical fancies and their fantastical presentations have taken direct nods from Alice and her adventures. Meanwhile, the children's writer and illustrator Helen Oxenbury, whose own drawings of Alice have become so cherished, tells us how she approached interpreting the story in her own way.

The collector's edition of Harper's Bazaar's May issue is on sale now, exclusively at the V&A.

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