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The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in the US has opened a new exhibition honoring British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, Dress Up Story – 1990 Until Now.

 

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Spanning from Dame Vivienne’s groundbreaking Spring/Summer ’91 collection Cut, Slash, and Pull through the current collections, Dress Up Story, the exhibition highlights more than 33 designs realized in collaboration with her creative partner and husband Andreas Kronthaler. 

The works have been curated by SCAD Trustee and fashion figure André Leon Talley.

Leon Talley took inspiration from an eccentric British celebration, describing the exhibition as “A post modern romp of a weekend party where the swells meet the activists, where the rogues go vogue, and the vogues go rogue.”

 

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Westwood has become known for her nonconformist aesthetic and the new retrospective features garments, accessories and fashion show footage to show the best of her work. 

My clothes are more subversive than they’ve ever been,” says Westwood. “In a world of conformity, they offer a real choice.” 

Serving a backdrop to the exhibit is a number of works from the SCAD Museum of Art’s Earle W. Newton collection of British and American paintings.

Westwood adds… “Our costumes are romantic and theatrical, inspired by history. We know the characters they belong to. Whoever chooses to wear them re-creates the clothes in her own image making them classics. She inhabits a parallel world – like this one but more ideal. Andreas and I have been designing for 25 years, living and working together. It’s our story. We always dress up.”

 

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The Exhibition is open now and runs until September 13th.


Further information on the exhibition is available at www.scad.edu