In the Ringmaster series, I had the idea that any Wonderland inhabitant who would not cooperate with Alice for her carnival/sideshow would be imprisoned or killed, and then replaced with an ordinary actor from the real world. When the Queen of Hearts resists Alice and goes underground, Alice must find a replacement actress for her, since in our world Lewis Carroll's book has become famous and all the people who visit Wonderland to see these characters will expect to see every one from the book.
Alice's disregard for the feelings of the Wonderlanders by replacing their queen with a false one, and a common actress at that, is something that helps to push them over the edge of rebellion (in Victorian times, most actresses were not highly regarded as respectable people, and in fact a lot of them were prostitutes...it's one of the strange dichotomies of thought that they could rapturously review an actress' performance, yet not want to be caught dead talking to her on the street).
I decided the false queen should be made up in a way that would appeal to Victorians. Japonisme was popular around that time, as Victorians loved the demure attitude and "proper" subjugation of the ideal japanese woman in art and avidly collected japanese art and pottery.
There too was the fascination of other, stranger cultures which at the time not a lot of people were exposed to, something like we would expect to feel after being introduced to people from Neptune or something. The difference being that Victorians were so eurocentric that they would project their own culture onto others, or would have a morbid fascination with "primitive" cultures that could validate their idea that the English were clearly the smartest and most civilized.
Thus the false queen has a japanese influence, but is mixed together with a european design, making it both foreign and interesting to Victorians, but also just on this side of morally acceptable to look at.
I imagine Victorians looking at another culture the way we might look in fascination at an enormous bug in a jar. Because it's just SO bizarre and offputting, yet since we've never seen the like of it, we can't look away.