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Ensemble

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.158:1 to 4-2002

  • 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 hat is from Westwood’s ‘Witches’ collection (Autumn/Winter1983-4), for which the designer collaborated with graffiti artist Keith Haring. Haring submitted drawings to Westwood, for her to use as she wished. Westwood used this hat as the final, essential touch to a number of ensembles inspired by comedian Chico Marx.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1983 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Descriptive line

Ensemble, m, green felt hat with green cotton jacket, trousers and top, Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, Britain, 'Witches' collection, A/W 1983.

Production Note

'Witches' collection, A/W 1983

Categories

Textiles; Clothing; Fashion

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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