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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Vivienne Westwood at Danson

Whilst visiting Danson House last week, I also saw a small exhibition of Vivienne Westwood's designs  from the V and A Museum in London.
Dame Vivienne Westwood is a British fashion designer who was responsible for bringing punk fashion to the catwalk in the 1970s.  In the early 80s she used traditional Saville Row  tailoring  techniques using British fabrics and artwork from the 16th, 17th and 18th cent for inspiration. She remains one of the last independent  global fashion companies in the world.
Many of these designs are from her Portrait collection which was inspired by the Old Masters.

This is from her portrait collection. The design was reproduced from some 15th cent furniture she saw in the Wallace Collection.

The  t-shirt and scarf are from her 'Women do not understand the full extent of their coquettishness  collection'. They are printed with a pattern depicting scenes of women frolicking with men. The designs were inspired by 16th cent delftware.

This boned cotton wedding corset is beautifully made with intricate stitching.

This corset and dress are printed with the image of François Bouchard painting.

The Watteau evening dress with glove is made from silk with a deerskin glove.

This gown was once worn by the model Linda Evangelina


  1. Wow - very interesting articles of clothing. And very creative too.

  2. Even to a non fashionable male with little interest in fashion, such as myself, the name Vivienne Westwood conjures up strong images.

  3. Amazing collection and showcasing of talent.

  4. Love to see this, She is very eccentric in her fashion designs and these are very special again.

  5. Love it or hate her style, you can't deny that she has made her mark on fashion. Although I do like that first red and black number. Is there a type in the first paragraph? Should it be 1970's instead of 1930's?

  6. I'm happy to have your comments. Otherwise I would just be thinking something like ... Who wears these? (Obviously I'm not a bit sophisticated when it comes to fashion!)

  7. Not so much my style but I heard her name.

  8. Nice, my wife would like that place


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