Hello lovely ladies,
Recently there was a big discussion on Lewis Carroll and Alice Lidell topic. The topic was not welcomed warmly, but it made me think why is the figure of Alice so important in egl fashion. So i came to some theories on connections of Alice and Lolita fashion.
First of all I wanted to ask all of you did you read this book. I am sure most of the answers will be positive, because it is a cult book, but my question is how long ago? I am not thinking that you did not read it recently, but when was rereading it in the couple of weeks ago everyone asked me why am I reading book for kids. It is sad because it is very mature novel which makes more sense when you read it older. Basically this book is a graphic account of adult world viewed from the perspective of a young girl.Alice examines the conventions of the adult world and finds this world abounding in rules and regulations, many of them seem nonsensical. Alice, the representative of the child world, is innocent and troubled o confusion by the complicated adult world.
Throughout the novel she grows, becomes more mature and develops enough courage to ridicule the adults as " pack o cards"
Alice through book has numerous problems children have in process of growing up One of the problems is problem personality and individuality. Alice questions herself who is she: "I am sure I am not Ada...And I am sure I can not be Mabel...She is she and I am I" This is very important moment in life of every child when one recognizes ones own seperate existence. She also stays confused in the contact to strange adults. Here is the example of her meeting with the caterpillare where he asks he who is she on which she replies that she does not know because she has been changing so often.
Alice also notices that Duchess and other adults tend to be fond of finding morals, insisting that everything has morals. Alice on the other had reasserts her innocence by maintaining that things do not always have morals and should be accapted on face value. It is evident also in the satyr on the judicial system when things which do not have higher importance seem of highly importance and are recorded as such. At that point of the book Alice grows symbolically and physically and calls adults the " pack o cards"- lifeless, identical creatures.
In the Through the Looking Glass Alice is told to speak only when she is asked to. But now Alice is witty and intelligent enough to conclude that that rule is absurd and If everyone obeyed it no one would ever speak
Alice and her journey through the chessboard represent her life journey.
So, how is Alice connected to the fashion? Well, we can interprete that some of us dress like dolls and girls because we do not want to accept modern, adult world. We want to subconscioucly remain innocent and view this world through the eyes of the child. Maybe it is also rebellion against rules and strict conventional world and a way to escape to the worlds of imagination.
Innocence and modesty are needed to the world and it is a virtue to save a child in us. Maybe the world will be a better place if more people were not ashamed to being childish. Alice says: It is dreadful how all creatures argue" "It is enough to drive one crazy". So listen to Alice and please do not let happen what happened to the previous Alice thread.
Now, what do you think of our Alice?
Ps. Because one girl in the last thread was attacked because of her English hope you understand that I am not native english speaker...sorry!