From the first fashion show to the day of her death, Vivienne Westwood has always raised the question: what is the impact of fashion on society?
10 most classic fashion collections of designer Vivienne Westwood
Just before the new year 2023, the world lost one of the iconic figures of 21st-century fashion history: designer Vivienne Westwood. Died at the age of 81, she left behind a revolutionary fashion legacy, breaking down the barriers between the street and high fashion, blending traditional fashion language with social protest, and strengthening ties relationship between fashion and politics.
Vivienne Westwood’s clothing embodies the rebellious spirit of the times, clearly contrasting the conventional thinking of society. From fighting for feminist liberation to advocating for the non-gender and LGBTQ+ community, she participated.
In addition to freeing the younger generation from the “rusting” machinery of the ancient bourgeoisie, Vivienne Westwood also fights tirelessly for the climate crisis. The veteran British designer has always denounced the effects of climate change and overconsumption, of course, “pointing” the fashion system for its mistakes in glorifying consumerism. and capitalist tendencies. With the Climate Revolution 2021 collection, Vivienne has attracted international attention to ecological issues and must mention her appeal to the younger generation:
“I want you to help me save the world, but I can’t do it alone”
As Vivienne Westwood’s influence continues to shine and her fashion legacy continues to expand, take a look back at some of the most important collections in the massive career of one of the world’s most outlandish souls. world page.
Vivienne Westwood has no formal fashion training. She and her partner/ex-husband Malcolm McLaren started a high-street fashion boutique on Kings Road. Despite constantly changing its name, this store still resonates in the community by incorporating punk, BDSM, and rock’n’roll… into ready-to-wear designs.
After a decade of starting out, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren decided to change direction, no longer focusing too much on punk but finding more inspiration in British art and history. The Pirate collection launched in 1981 marked this transformation and was also the first collection where the couple designed a formal show.
Pirate was introduced on the London Fashion Week runway in 1981 with a range of colorful, romantic clothing, for both men and women, fall and winter. The clothes with Marie Antoinette sleeves, Dick Turpin’s frills in the shape of pirates, princes, and thieves, etc. After that, became the favorite uniform of many pop stars of the style. From the Romantic movement to the underground music scene, from Boy George to Adam and the Ants.
When Vivienne Westwood meets Keith Haring, what will fashion see? Witches are the answer to the combination of fashion and street style.
Two artists with carefree souls merge into one, sublimate to bring to the stage a series of colorful designs that blend sporty style, Asian inspiration, and familiar Keith Haring illustrations. . The star that loves this fashion collection of Vivienne Westwood is the pop queen Madonna. In her youth, she constantly appeared many times with the designs in the collection.
Witches is also the last collection that Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren collaborated on. Then the couple broke up and went their separate ways.
Portrait is the collection that best shows the soul and fashion mindset of Vivienne Westwood. She once said, “All my ideas come from studying the ideas of the past. There is a connection between art and fashion. I can’t design anything if I don’t look at art.”
One of Vivienne Westwood’s favorite sources of inspiration is the Wallace Gallery and Museum in London. The designer once stated that “this is the pinnacle of [UK] art school”. This museum possesses a large amount of classical art created in the 17th to 19th centuries.
Vivienne Westwood used historical paintings in the Wallace Museum to create the designs in Portrait. Among them are famous François Boucher print corsets, which helped bring corsets back to life in the 1990s and also helped make Vivienne Westwood’s name famous among the populace.
Anglomania debuts as Vivienne Westwood’s most inspired mixed-fashion collection, drawn from her previous archival collections. The youthful collection embodies Vivienne Westwood’s love of iconic tailoring and pleating, and recalls styles from previous collections SEX, Pirate, Mini-Crini, and Bondage.
Between 1993 and 1999, Vivienne also began to define a new aesthetic by combining elegant British tailoring and a love of French exaggerated proportions into the Anglomania collection.
The Anglomania designs created with student Andreas Kronthaler – who would later become Vivienne Westwood’s final husband – take the viewer on a tour of “dizzy” variations with a combination of plaid and plaid. , knitted fabrics, furs to high heels. And then the challenge of the massive height of the shoes made Naomi Campbell create a historic fall in the fashion legend.
Café Society is considered one of the most memorable collections of Vivienne Westwood’s fashion career. The collection embodies Vivienne’s signature aesthetic, drawing on a mix of cultures that defy, and satirize society’s conventional norms.
On the catwalk, legendary supermodels walked with makeup and traditional Elizabethan curls lazily, licking ice cream and winking at each other. Most of the models wear provocative outfits.
The most impressive is when supermodel Kate Moss appeared with her topless chest and extremely short skirt. All create a Café Society that shook the fashion world with a catwalk that was completely rebellious and shocking.
Vivienne Westwood’s Fall/Winter 1994-95 On Liberty collection still revolves around Vivienne’s exploration of history and sexuality. However, the special feature of On Liberty is the emphasis on tartan plaid material, mixing more inspiration from the equestrian costumes of the elite and the typical British sense of humor. On Liberty was later considered by experts to be an “embryonic version” of the Comme des Garçons brand’s Lumps and bumps.
This season, the designer returns to her love of historical inspirations that have been her trademark but in a modern spirit, more in keeping with the new millennium. One of the designs included in the collection is Madame de Pompadour’s silk dress in a painting by François Boucher, Vivienne’s favorite artist, reinterpreted by the designer in a new way. Asymmetrical cuts, eccentric aesthetics, art, and history come to life once again in Anglophilia.
Coming to Le Flou Taille, fashionistas have the opportunity to witness Vivienne’s desire to bring haute couture quality tailoring into prêt-à-porter (a ready-to-wear fashion line). The British designer embodies quality and ingenuity through the fluid combinations of seams that form the finished designs in Le Flou Taille. In this collection, the massive, layered figure in Vivienne’s outfit is also more restrained than in previous collections.
Vivienne Westwood has always used fashion to challenge the social status quo. In the 2000s, much of her work was on climate change propaganda, which is one of the collections that the British designer considers the most political, true to the name of the collection. In fact, along with the ever-present historical influences, the Propaganda collection offers corsets, pleated skirts, military-inspired jackets, taglines embedded in the costumes, etc. distinctive fashion and political imprints in Vivienne’s creative career.
Although the inspiration is claimed to be “Shepherds and Sumerians”, the Unisex: Time to Act collection is actually Vivienne’s way of reflecting her views on unisex fashion and harmony. import. With Unisex: Time to Act, once again, the fashion world has seen Vivienne’s act of breaking the mainstream conception of gender. She sent down the runway models of both male and female appearance, dressed in well-tailored suit designs, combined with hula skirts, floral print dresses, hooded capes, and weird hairstyles. weirdest.
At this time, she officially retired from daily design. Brand Vivienne Westwood welcomes new creative director Andreas Kronthaler, her husband 25 years younger.
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