Vogue”Art is a vision, and the best [an artist] could do to take stock of what was happening“
This is what Vivienne Westwood said during interviews after her show at Paris Fashion Week. And her collection was, indeed, a vision. A vision of fairy tale characters. It seemed like every outfit created and presented was a character of some kind of story. Westwood loves to play dress-up, because she has a unique, eccentric style which allows her to do that. Even the dramatic make-up helped the models get into character.
Vivienne Westwood‘s collection appears to be a collage of clothes with poster prints and images, with paintings and museum scenery, with printed numbers and historical designs. You can also see a model playing the role of Eve , with a flesh tone bikini and bra and a well-placed vine leaf. (If you watch the full collection, you can also see an Adam dressed the same as Eve, minus the bra. Also, a cape is involved.)
There where also presented a series of black dresses, but this one seemed to be the most interesting one: a long black dress with black sandals and gray ankle socks.
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“Designers burn out because they have been taught everything comes from them, so they have no culture.” (V.Westwood)
The show presents nothing related to realism: perhaps a hyper-realism filled with exaggerated designs and extra styling so that the models look just like dolls and not humans. Some of the models wore baskets on their heads – not in the useful way a basket is normally used.
The final piece of the collection is the “the bride” or a blue looking bride who tries to bring peace on Earth. I think that all these creations form some kind of a Garden of Eden – Vivienne Westwood‘s vision of a sustainable and healthy future. We can all applaud that!
“She is a genius, absolutely. So many designers follow patterns and rules. She is lucky; you can’t separate her from her work. Buying into her brand is buying into her vision.” said Boy George.
See the full show! Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2015 RTW
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