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Watteau

Evening Dress With Glove
1996 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Contemporary designers continue explore the past for inspiration. Here, Vivienne Westwood looks to the 18th century. The suggestion of side hoops and the double box-pleats at the back echo 18th century fashion. The design subverts the sack worn by women in Watteau’s paintings, yet the gown’s deliberate asymmetry, with a single off-shoulder style and a polonaise pouf on only one side, gives it a thoroughly contemporary look. A white organdie version of this dress was designed for Lady Bianca Job-Tyroan in 1994 for the Queen Charlotte’s Ball. Westwood often subverts historical references in her designs, which has led her to continually produce innovative and original clothing since her first collections in the mid-1970s.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 4 parts.

  • Gown
  • Skirt
  • Corset
  • Glove
Additional TitleLes Femmes Collection
Materials and Techniques
Shot silk faille, taffeta and deerskin
Brief Description
Shot silk and taffeta three-piece 'Watteau' evening gown including a skirt, corset and deerskin glove, designed by Vivienne Westwood, Great Britain, 1996
Physical Description
Green and lilac shot silk faille and taffeta three-piece evening gown including a skirt, corset and white deerskin glove.



The bow is pink and black shot silk
Dimensions
  • Dress length: 150cm
approximate footprint (mm): W1500 x D2200 x H1600
Credit line
Given by the designer
Production
Spring / Summer 1996
Summary
Contemporary designers continue explore the past for inspiration. Here, Vivienne Westwood looks to the 18th century. The suggestion of side hoops and the double box-pleats at the back echo 18th century fashion. The design subverts the sack worn by women in Watteau’s paintings, yet the gown’s deliberate asymmetry, with a single off-shoulder style and a polonaise pouf on only one side, gives it a thoroughly contemporary look. A white organdie version of this dress was designed for Lady Bianca Job-Tyroan in 1994 for the Queen Charlotte’s Ball. Westwood often subverts historical references in her designs, which has led her to continually produce innovative and original clothing since her first collections in the mid-1970s.
Bibliographic Reference
De La Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. London: V&A Publications, 1997. p. 83.
Collection
Accession Number
T.438:1 to 4-1996

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record createdAugust 21, 2003
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