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Vivienne Westwood 1980 - 89

Vivienne Westwood 1980 - 89

Gallery FIT | March 8, 2011 - April 2, 2011

Vivienne Westwood, "Rocking Horse" boots, leather and wood, 1987, England, Gift of Francisco Melendez A.K.A. Francois. Photo Courtesy of FIT.
Vivienne Westwood, "Rocking Horse" boots, leather and wood, 1987, England, Gift of Francisco Melendez A.K.A. Francois. Photo Courtesy of The Museum at FIT.
Vivienne Westwood

March 1, 2011 - Vivienne Westwood 1980-89 will be the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Westwood’s fashions of the 1980s and highlight the significant shift in Westwood’s design style during this decade.

"You have a much better life if you wear impressive clothes".

Vivienne Westwood

Her work of the early 1980s was prominently featured in edgy magazines such as i-D, and her following was comprised mainly of street-style insiders.

By 1985, her more structured, feminine, and historically-inspired styles began to attract the attention of the mainstream press and widened Westwood’s audience. The exhibition will include a unisex ensemble from the Pirate collection (1981), a woman’s ensemble from the influential Buffalo collection (1982) and a pair of Westwood’s iconic “Rocking Horse” boots from the Harris Tweed collection (1987).

Editorial photographs from magazines such as The Face and British Vogue will further illuminate Westwood’s impact on 1980s fashion, as will runway footage and video interviews with the designer.

Vivienne Westwood 1980-89 has been organized and curated by FIT graduate students of the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program.

The Master of Arts program in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice combines the rigorous study of fashion and textile history with hands-on training in the analysis, conservation, storage, and exhibition of textile and costume materials, and in collections management and exhibition planning and more

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
New York City 10001-5992

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