More than any other contemporary designer, Vivienne Westwood has been scrupulous in her study of historical forms of dress. Her brilliance, however, has not been in the literal rendering of period artifacts but in her application of contemporary techniques to resolve their form-making and an almost abandoned revivification of their sexual content. Despite its cartoon-like rendering of the bustle, this suit precipitated a surprisingly erotic response when seen in motion on the runway.
Marking: [label] (a–i) "[logo: royal orb with ring]/Vivienne/Westwood/London"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Our New Clothes: Acquisitions of the 1990s," April 6, 1999–August 22, 1999.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed," December 4, 2001–March 17, 2002.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "WILD: Fashion Untamed," December 7, 2004–March 13, 2005.