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Ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1983 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McLaren, Malcolm (designer)
    Vivienne Westwood, born 1941 (designer)

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support and assistance from the Friends of the V&A, the Elsbeth Evans Trust, and the Dorothy Hughes Bequest

  • Museum number:

    T.149:1 to 2-2002

  • 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 ensemble is from Westwood’s ‘Punkature’ collection of Spring/Summer 1983. At the time, Westwood said, ‘I’m not interested in tailoring, but in the push and pull of the garment against the body.’ As curator Claire Wilcox has written, ‘With its emphasis on distressed and inexpensive fabrics, Punkature was like a futuristic interpretation of Punk.’ (Wilcox, C., ‘Vivienne Westwood’, V & A Publications, 2004, p. 18).

Physical description

Ensemble of long-sleeved, wide-necked top of white, green and blue cotton and green and blue-grey full-length cotton tube skirt.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1983 (made)

Artist/maker

McLaren, Malcolm (designer)
Vivienne Westwood, born 1941 (designer)

Descriptive line

Ensemble, f, green, white and blue cotton top and green and blue-grey cotton skirt, Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, Britain, 'Hobo-Punkature' collection, a/w 1982.

Production Note

'Hobo-Punkature' collection (Spring/Summer 1983)

Categories

Fashion; Textiles; Clothing; Gender and Sexuality; The Michael and Gerlinde Costiff Costume Collection

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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