Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Ensemble - Pirate

Pirate

  • Object:

    Ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed)

  • Date:

    Fall-Winter 1981-82 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vivienne Westwood, born 1941 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Figured cotton and rayon ensemble, with printed plain weave cotton shirt and sash, muslin stockings, and hat of stiffened felt trimmed with leather and braid

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:

    T.334 to I-1982

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Vivienne Westwood's designs were at the forefront of the early 1980s Neo-Romantic movement in fashion. This movement led to a wave of nostalgia featuring colourful masquerades of highwaymen, pirates and other characters. Westwood expressed her philosophy in an interview in Harpers & Queen magazine (April 1983): 'I'm very anarchical and perverse about what I do with clothes but what I drive at is simplicity . . . The great thing about my clothes - the way they make you feel grand and strong - is to do with the sexy way they emphasise your body and make you aware of it.' Some people wore the complete Pirate Outfit, while many took elements from the collection and freely mixed them with other clothes. The tunic, with its powerful meandering print, and the fall-down stockings were particularly popular.

Physical description

Yellow figured cotton and rayon ensemble, with printed plain weave cotton shirt and sash, muslin stockings, and hat of stiffened felt trimmed with leather and braid

Place of Origin

London (designed)

Date

Fall-Winter 1981-82 (designed)

Artist/maker

Vivienne Westwood, born 1941 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Figured cotton and rayon ensemble, with printed plain weave cotton shirt and sash, muslin stockings, and hat of stiffened felt trimmed with leather and braid

Marks and inscriptions

Dimensions

:, :

Labels and date

The recent wave of nostalgia, labelled 'neo-romantic'--led to a colourful masquerade of highwaymen, pirates and others, and Vivienne Westwood's clothes were in the fore-front. Some adopted the entire bold pirate's outfit but many took elements from the collection. Vivienne Westwood, in the vanguard of contemporary young fashion, expressed her philosophy in Harpers and Queen (April 1983)--"I'm very anarchical and perverse about what I do with clothes but what I drive at is simplicity...The giant thing about my clothes--the way they make you feel grand and strong--is to do with the sexy way that they emphasise your body and make you aware of it".

Give by Mrs Vivienne Westwood [1983-2003]

Materials

Cotton; Rayon; Muslin; Felt; Leather

Techniques

Printing

Categories

Fashion

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.