Cosplay Friday: Alice In Wonderland
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Published in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year.

Alice has been quite busy during that time. She’s had her story adapted into several movies, TV shows, ballets, plays, operas, and theme park attractions. Her trip to Wonderland is quite well known around the world. What is less well known is Lewis Carroll’s (whose real name was Charles Dodgson) inspiration for the story.

Alice Was A Real Girl

Many of the characters in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland were based on real life people and places Carroll encountered during his life. Alice is inspired by a 10–year–old little girl named Alice Liddell. Carroll met Alice while tutoring at Oxford University. She was the dean’s daughter and one of the first to hear his fantastical story on a rowboat ride in 1862. She later begged Carroll to write it down. The date the fictional Alice’s adventure takes place is May 4th, which also happened to be Alice Liddell’s birthday. The dean himself, Henry Liddell inspired the character of the White Rabbit: He had a habit of always running late to church services due to the lengthy route he had to take from the Deanery to the Cathedral.

Alice’s sisters Lorina and Edith are thought to have inspired the character of Lory and Eaglet in the second chapter, ‘Pool of Tears,’ where it is written: “There was a Duck, and a Dodo, a Lory and an Eaglet.” The duck was Canon Duckworth, a friend also accompanying the on the boat trip and Carroll himself was the Dodo as he often stuttered, causing him to pronounce his name as ‘Do–do–Dodgson.’

We’re All Mad Here

Our elusive friend the Cheshire Cat is said to be inspired by cheese! “Grinning like a Cheshire Cat” was a popular phrase during Carroll’s day perhaps because cheesemakers in Cheshire county (England) molded Cheshire cheeses with a cat’s grinning face. Another possible explanation is that he was inspired by the three grinning animals in the Liddell’s family arms.

The phrase ‘mad as a hatter’ has a ring of truth to it. During Carroll’s time hatters did indeed go mad due to the prolonged mercury exposure they faced while “felting,” which sometime lead to mercury poisoning and is known as mad hatter disease. People with the disease find it hard to socialize, with some of the syndrome’s symptoms listed as tremors, pathological shyness, irritability, personality changes, and memory loss. However, Carroll’s Mad Hatter is based on an eccentric British furniture dealer named Theophilus Carter who used to stand in the doorway of his shop in Oxford wearing a top hat.

Off With His Head!

The Queen of Hearts. She is thought to be inspired by Alice’s governess Miss Prickett who was nicknamed ‘Pricks.’ That would seem quite appropriate for a character so obsessed with thorny red roses, would it not? As for her need to chop off heads, that could very well be inspired by the dining hall in Christ Church, Oxford. In the hall there is a High Table where the senior members of the college would have dined, and when sitting at the Table one would see the portrait of Henry VIII staring down at you. Who is better known for his love of seeing heads roll than Henry VIII?

Published in 174 languages around the world, Carroll created the “nonsensical” literary genre when he introduced children to Wonderland. Many children have grown up and fallen in love with Alice’s tale, possibly even setting a daily goal of believing “as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” But no where can you find the love of Alice displayed more proudly than within the cosplay community. Grab a cup of tea and follow a few curious deviants down the rabbit hole as they portray their favorite Wonderland characters.

P.S. Learn more about the real identity of Lewis Carroll.

Lewis Carroll: Through a Glass, Darkly

We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad… You must be or you wouldn’t have come here.”

— Cheshire Cat

Why, if a fish came to me, and told me he was going a journey, I should say, ‘With what porpoise?”

— Mock Turtle

Curiouser and curiouser!”

— Alice

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at! Up above the world you fly, Like a tea tray in the sky.”

— Mad Hatter

Who are you?”

— Caterpillar

Off with his head!”

— The Queen of Hearts

Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!”

— White Rabbit

Your Thoughts

  1. Who is you favorite Alice in Wonderland character and why?
  2. What would you like to see in future editions of Cosplay Friday?

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TwiSearcher85Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much by heart for featuring me in this great journal, I'm so honoured :blush: :thanks: :happybounce:!
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It's fantastic to be in this colorful and fantabulous feature! Thank you!!!
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I know I posted this a little late... My favorite character is the Mad Hatter. Because I like hats! I have a really big collection of hats (32 and counting)
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The Queen of hearts was my most hated villain
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A seriously stunning arrangement of photos!
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1) My favorite Alice in Wonderland character is the cat because it is mysterious... and I like its smile ;)
2) I would like to see in future editions of Cosplay Friday: the Mario's character if it has not been done yet
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Absolutely Mad Hatter: is one of the most hilarious and strange character I've ever seen! I love the way he thinks and he replies to Alice!!!
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DorahLStudent General Artist
1: My favorite character is Alice. She has a childish and curious personality that makes all more interesting on the story.
2: IDK, maybe games-themed or anime-themed. 

Also, I loved the image selection, specially for the Alice: Madness Returns cosplays <3
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I think they shouldnt prefer beautiful girls to art. Some of these pictures are just pictures of beautiful girls , its not instagram man
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The Duchess, simply because her conversation with Alice is hilarious, and she says my favorite quote in the book. 
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I love the Mad Hatter and I had the last year a cosplay of him. He is fantastic, he make me always smile and laught. I really like the Disney version, but also the Tim Burton version.
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My favorite character is Cheshire Cat. I like the old Disney version (cartoon version).
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The Cheshire Cat because I've always adored how he makes sense to everything but at the same time it doesn't make sense at all. Plus he loves riddles and it's so facinating how he makes you think about the answer even if it's a simple one and still get it wrong.
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Ironically I had an Alice and wonderland play Friday haha
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SharkFlyerHobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome job! :D (Big Grin) I love Cheshire Cat :) Maybe you should do a Cosplay on Youtubers or Warriors (the book series)?
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Very nice cosplays!! Awesome job!!
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Love it!!!!!!!!!!
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RainbowSofieHobbyist General Artist
Alice because she's a daydreamer, a nutcase and while always trying to be polite still breaks out in a nasty temper. Just like me! ^-^
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hmm I've always loved the mad hatter!  he was my favorite! i think it might be due to his personality and how different he looks at the world in his own perspective.. :)
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1. Cheshire Cat (Though a lot of other people might say this) because he's cocky, always smiling, and wiser than he is made out to be.
2.Five Nights at Freddy's
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1. Cheshire Cat, cause he's mischievous and has that crazy look on his face
2. Ouran high school host club :-)
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Yay, Cosplay Friday! It's so much fun to browse awesome galleries like this and see all the fantastic people in them. Neko Emoji-18 (Cheer) [V1] 
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