Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore the work of Vivienne Westwood, as a child I dreamed of being a fashion designer, I think most girls have at some point. So you can imagine when I received an email a few weeks ago asking if I wanted to attend a reading with the Lady herself, so I jumped at the chance.
It was a small intimate event were Westwood read a few pages from Alice and Wonderland. It was the 150th Anniversary of the books publication in which Vivienne designed a limited edition cover with a foreword. We sipped from bone china cups and ate amazing biscuits whilst Vivienne chatted to children that had been invited from various charities. It was lovely to see her interact and chat openly and question how mad the mad hatter actually was.
In the past Vivienne has been inspired by Lewis Carroll’s writings and
‘Alice’s Adventures’ in her catwalk collections. Westwood chatted to the
children about being inspired by the book and the hidden meanings that
Carroll tries to convey within the story. She told the children not to
be afraid of thinking for themselves and to not always believe what
As a child I was quite scared of the Disney version of Alice and wonderland, so surreal for a child. The thought of disappearing down a rabbit hole (not many of those hanging about in London haha) and being away from people you love use to weird me out, but I guess the adventures she goes on outweigh that.
If am honest it was a privilege to be asked along on such a wonderful event, I didn’t stay for cocktails afterward but I can only imagine how fun that was. Who wouldn’t love a mad hatters tea party with one of your design idols.