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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1990 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vivienne Westwood, born 1941 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Polyamide, polyester, lycra.

  • 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:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

Physical description

Corset of synthetic blend with a depiction of François Boucher's painting of Daphnis and Chloe printed on front panel. Shoulder straps feature classical motifs printed in gold and mauve and corset sides are of gold lycra fabric.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1990 (made)


Vivienne Westwood, born 1941 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Polyamide, polyester, lycra.

Marks and inscriptions

'Vivienne Westwood made in England' [red label]
Label; English

Size '12'

'66% polyamide / 27% polyester / 7% lycra'
Label; English

'This garment should be hand-washed'
Label; English


Circumference: 82 cm at bust, Length: 44 cm, Weight: 0.28 kg, Circumference: 616 mm

Object history note

The print on this corset is taken from Francois Boucher's painting Daphnis and Chloe (Shepherd watching a sleeping Shepherdess), inventory number P385 in the Wallace Collection.

Descriptive line

Corset, f, multi-coloured silk and polyester, Vivienne Westwood, Britain, 'Portrait' collection, s/s 1990.

Production Note

'Portrait' collection (spring / summer)


Polyamide; Polyester; Lycra

Subjects depicted



Gender and Sexuality; The Michael and Gerlinde Costiff Costume Collection


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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