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Dress - Cut, Slash & Pull

Cut, Slash & Pull

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1991 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vivienne Westwood, born 1941 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton voile, slashed

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Vivienne Westwood

  • Museum number:

    T.187:1 to 3-1991

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

For well over three decades Vivienne Westwood, along with her one-time partner Malcolm McLaren, has been at the centre of British fashion and one of its most inventive and influential designers. Westwood’s career in fashion was galvanised by McLaren and together they launched memorable fashion moments, including Punk in the early 1970s and later their Pirates collection. McLaren and Westwood conducted a design relationship between 1971 and 1983. In 1990 and again in 1991 Vivienne Westwood was named British Designer of the Year; she has also received an OBE.

Westwood’s unique mix of practicality and inventiveness, her preoccupation with silhouette and the manner in which she manipulates fabrics result in dynamic fashion. Westwood herself once said, 'You have a much better life if you wear impressive clothes.’

This dress of slashed red voile reflects Westwood’s fascination with historical dress. In this case, Westwood looked to Tudor portraiture for inspiration, and the seventeenth century practice of slashing silk fabrics. Westwood studied surviving examples of such garments in the V & A's archive.

Physical description

Red dress made from a circle of cotton voile fabric and decorated with a pattern of diagonal slashes. Fastens with two sash belts.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1991 (made)


Vivienne Westwood, born 1941 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton voile, slashed


Circumference: 68 cm at bust, Length: 472 mm, Weight: 0.3 kg, Circumference: 555 mm

Object history note

Registered File number 1991/2080.

Descriptive line

Red dress 'Cut, Slash & Pull' of cotton voile with two sash belts, designed by Vivienne Westwood, Great Britain, 1991

Production Note

Slash, Cut and Pull Collection spring / summer 1990


Cotton voile




Fashion; Textiles; Women's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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