Vivienne Westwood, 1980-89
March 8, 2011 - April 2, 2011
Vivienne Westwood, 1980-89 is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Westwood’s fashions of the 1980s and highlight the significant shift in Westwood’s design style during this decade. Her work of the early 1980s was prominently featured in edgy magazines such as i-D, and her following was comprised mainly of street-style insiders. By 1985, her more structured, feminine, and historically-inspired styles began to attract the attention of the mainstream press and widened Westwood’s audience. The exhibition includes a unisex ensemble from the Pirate collection (1981), a woman’s ensemble from the influential Buffalo collection (1982) and a pair of Westwood’s iconic “Rocking Horse” boots from the Harris Tweed collection (1987). Editorial photographs from magazines such as The Face and British Vogue further illuminate Westwood’s impact on 1980s fashion, as do runway footage and video interviews with the designer.
Vivienne Westwood, “Rocking
Horse” boots, leather and wood,
1987, England, Gift of Francisco
Melendez A.K.A. Francois.