Alice in process…

Instead of the question “Who is Alice?” there are now paths leading to what Alice might come to be…

22 May 2018

Alice ’71 in Wonderland

 Monosex Couture and Gender Fluidity in the 1970s


(...) "Lewis Carroll’s Alice continues to be a popular and symbolic character because of her malleability; researcher Kiera Vaclavik writes that she is ‘something of a blank canvas, able to absorb a huge range and combination of emphases and directions… she continues to multiply in a constant stream of new editions and interpretations.’7 Her adaptability as a subject, and one that has often been associated with the psychedelic and hippie movement of the 1960s, translates naturally as an emblem for the gender crisis and the message of freedom that Esterel emphasises. In an article, ‘Weekend in Alice’s Wonderland,’ that appeared in the May 1969 issue of The Journal of Sex Research, author Hugo Beigel uses Alice to tell the story of the desperate and unhappy life of a transvestite: ‘Alice invited us to visit her wonderland… She performs in night clubs. But after her last fandango, when she takes off wig and costume she is a man.’" (...)

read the whole article in VESTOJ

Film stills from Jacques Esterel’s ‘Alice 71 in Wonderland’ collection.

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