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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)
    Italy (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1984 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vivienne Westwood, born 1941 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lycra and cotton

  • 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:


  • 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 white lycra top is from Westwood’s ‘Clint Eastwood’ collection; this title referenced the large-scale vistas of Western films. But ‘Clint Eastwood’ was not simply paying homage to Western wear. The top is one of several garments in that collection covered with brightly coloured patches inspired by Tokyo’s neon signs.

Physical description

Long-sleeved, white lycra and elasticised cotton top with narrow red vertical stripes.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)
Italy (manufactured)


1984 (designed)


Vivienne Westwood, born 1941 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Lycra and cotton

Marks and inscriptions

'Worlds End'
Label; English

'Made in Italy'
Label; English


Circumference: 76 cm at bust, Length: 63 cm, Weight: 0.36 kg

Descriptive line

Woman's top, white lycra, Vivienne Westwood, Britain, 'Clint Eastwood' collection, a/w 1984.

Production Note

'Clint Eastwood' collection (autumn/winter)


Lycra; Cotton


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


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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