Vivienne Westwood 1980-89
March 8, 2011 - April 2, 2011
Vivienne Westwood, “Rocking Horse” boots, leather and wood, 1987, England, Gift of Francisco Melendez A.K.A. Francois.
Vivienne Westwood 1980-89 will be 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 will include 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 will further illuminate Westwood’s impact on 1980s fashion, as will runway footage and video interviews with the designer.
Vivienne Westwood 1980-89 has been organized and curated by FIT graduate students of the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program.