Vivienne Westwood
34 years in fashion

12 November 2004 – 30 January 2005

Introduction | Claire Wilcox essay | Robert Bell essay

image: Sarah Stockbridge wearing Vivienne Westwood 'Harris Tweed crown' Harris Tweed, Autumn/Winter 1987-88 � Nick Knight 1987

Vivienne Westwood is one of Britain’s best known and most admired fashion designers. She has made a major contribution to international fashion for over three decades and was awarded British Designer of the Year in 1990 and 1991. In 1992 she was honoured with the Order of the British Empire for her outstanding contribution to fashion.

She is respected throughout the industry and fashion world as a highly influential designer, and continues to show her couture and ready to wear collections bi-annually in Paris.

This exhibition will present a highly accessible and visual exploration of the culture of fashion from the 1970s onwards through one designer’s vision. It will reflect the dynamism of Westwood’s contribution to fashion, from the early punk years to the historicism of her more recent work.

Key exhibits will include examples of punk clothing worn by members of the group Sex Pistols in the 1970s; examples from the revolutionary ‘mini-crini’ and ‘Pirate’ collections of the 1980s; the infamous shoes in which Naomi Campbell toppled over on the catwalk in 1993; a sumptuous ballgown worn by Linda Evangelista; major recent pieces worn by Sarah Jessica Parker as style icon Carrie in the television series Sex and the City, garments worn by the artist Tracey Emin and a dress worn by Cameron Diaz at the 59th annual Golden Globe awards in January 2002.

Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London




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