Pirate

Ensemble
Fall-Winter 1981-82 (designed)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 10 parts.

  • Jacket
  • Trousers
  • Waistcoat
  • Shirt
  • Sash
  • Stocking
  • Stocking
  • Boot
  • Boot
  • Hat
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
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
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    Marks and Inscriptions
    Gallery Label
    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)
    Credit line
    Given by the designer
    Summary
    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.
    Collection
    Accession Number
    T.334 to I-1982

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    record createdFebruary 26, 2003
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