By MIKA ROSS-SOUTHALL
A white pinafore, blue dress, strapped shoes, stockings, headband, bare arms and blonde hair – the image of Lewis Carroll’s Alice has been stamped ineffaceably in our minds ever since Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published 150 years ago. It was then that John Tenniel’s magical, potent illustrations put her in a typical middle-class Victorian girl’s dress – an original of which is now on display at the V&A Museum of Childhood’s new exhibition, The Alice Look.
When Tenniel eventually coloured his black-and-white drawings, however, Alice’s dress was yellow; it was only much later, after his death in 1914, that she was given a blue one, and it's probably Disney’s success – first with the animated film version of 1951 (not forgetting a short film in 1923), then its Tim Burton-ized update in 2010 – which has made this her most recognizable form . . . .