5 most famous iconic collections from the designer
Vivienne Westwood is a name that will be remembered for her fashion designs. Tragically, she passed away at the young age of 81. She had achieved some international fame largely due to her work which could speak both the languages of high-fashion and social critique, fusing both.
Her clothes were a symbol for identity, belonging and social and political discord. They were also able to capture the rebellious streaks of time. Vivienne tirelessly worked to solve environmental problems and to liberate the new generation from antiquated mechanisms like the Ancient Bourgeois Rule.
Fashion lovers will never have heard of this legendary designer. Learn more about her five greatest collections throughout her career.
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1) Vivienne Westwood Fall/Winter 1994-95 – “On Liberty”
Westwood is a prolific explorer of historicism, equestrian fashion, and British comedy. Considered to be a sort of early iteration of the Comme des Garçons’ “Lumps and Bumps” line, On Liberty.
This collection includes premium patent leather outerwear, thick furry coats, classic headgear, plaid print jackets with matching skirts and other quality items.
2) Vivienne Westwood Fall/Winter 2002-03 – “Anglophilia”
VivienneWestwood revisits the historic images she adores most and reconfigures the pieces. One of the many pieces shown in Anglophilia that the designer stylizes is the wrinkled silk garment worn by Madame de Pompadour in a painting by François Boucher, who was a favorite of hers. This design, like every other by Dame Viv features asymmetrical cuts and unusual tastes. It also contains vivid depictions and historical and art.
3) VivienneWestwood Fall/Winter 2015-16 – “Unisex: Time for Action”
The design was inspired by “Shepherds and Sumerians”, but the final product was a reflection of inclusiveness and gender-neutral fashion. Fitted suits, unisex ensembles and flowing floral dresses were all displayed on the runway.
4) Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2019 Ready-to-wear collection
The Spring 2019 collection featured the concept of sustainable development as well as ecological protection at its core. This is why the video display rather than the traditional runway display was used to highlight this collection’s progress towards sustainability.
To create the Chinese peony watercolors, “Dame Vivienne”, “Green Economy” calligraphy, drop-crotch trousers, organic cotton clothes that fit poorly, and linen outerwear, sustainable materials were used. 90% of the acetate used in creating off-the-shoulder floral jacquard dresses was made from wood pulp from trees that have been reforested.
All Oeko-Tex sustainability norms were followed when creating the 100 percent repurposed striped double breasted coats and sweatshirts, inspired by army uniforms, piping-edged blouses, rough-hemmed, piping-edged blouses, and wool ribbed knitwear which resembles underwear. The length of the fabric bolt used to cut the broad handkerchiefs dictated the size of the skirts.
5) Vivienne Westwood Fall/Winter 2022 Ready-to-wear collection
In order to respond to seasonal demands, the designer and her team combined elements from her previous collections while adding some fresh design elements.
As a tribute, the Westwood team reviewed the Fall 2001 show, dubbed Wild Beauty. The ready-to wear collection featured whiskered tiger headpieces and a tiger stripe that was left over from the previous show. These tiger stripes, which were created in some striking shapes, were over-dyed with deadstock cotton velvet. This line includes viscose shirts and slacks for men and women.
A new look at the tiger was presented in a blurred and warped print. There was also an acknowledgement of leopards wearing undergarments and base layers made from more gentle viscose.
These were just a few examples of the many classic collections that the famous fashion designer designed. Although she will be the last fashion designer to achieve her design level, her stunning designs will continue to inspire fashion lovers and budding designers.