The Vivienne Westwood brand, led by Andreas Andreas Kronthaler, is honouring the late British designer's legacy through a historical exhibition titled Vivienne Westwood Corsets – 1987 to Present Day. The exhibition is set to be on view during London Craft Week from May 8 to May 21 at 44 Conduit Street, London.
Westwood's revolutionary subversion of underwear into outerwear is a defining aspect of her brand, the exhibition highlights the corset's role in that transformation. A staple of her brand since she first introduced it in 1987, the exhibition takes a closer look at the corset's evolution throughout the years showcasing some of the most iconic runway looks from Westwood's archive dating back to 1987 when she stepped away from the punks and pirates and began to play with parodies of the upper echelons elevating her distinctive British punk style to the ranks of haute couture.
Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to view Andreas Kronthaler's modern iterations of the garment, demonstrating the corset's continued relevance in contemporary fashion. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the limited-edition jewellery collection, which features a 3D charm of the Westwood Portrait corset. This legendary design, which was originally part of the brand’s Harris Tweed Fall/Winter 1987/88 collection, has become a house signature for Vivienne Westwood and is still an enduring icon today. The charm appears as a gold plated necklace and bracelet, and matching clip earrings, offering a lustrous pearl or gold plated chain that perfectly complements the charm.
As a whole, the exhibition expertly illustrates the corset’s inextricable link to culture and fine art throughout time. Visitors will be able to experience first-hand the impact that Westwood's corsets have had on the fashion industry, from their origins in the 18th century to their modern interpretations today. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the history and legacy of one of fashion's most innovative designers, and to witness the ongoing evolution of a garment that has stood the test of time. Don't miss this opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the best pieces from the Westwood archive.
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Vivienne Westwood Corsets – 1987 to Present Day will be on view from May 8th to May 21st at 44 Conduit Street coinciding with London Craft Week.