Dame Vivienne Westwood's designs combine unconformity with a sense of tradition. She is renowned for her gentle parody of Establishment styles, her use of very British fabrics such as Harris tweed and tartan and her re-use of historic garments such as the corset and crinoline.
Fashion in Motion: Vivienne Westwood
The Vivienne Westwood Fashion in Motion live catwalk event took place on Friday 30 April 2004. Vivienne Westwood is one of the most iconic fashion designers of the last 30 years. Fashion's most famous rebel has become a major influence on global design, and this event accompanied the V&A's retrospective celebrating her career.
Throughout the 20th century cross-cultural and historical influences had a profound impact upon fashion design. The styles, designs and materials of other times and cultures became more accessible to designers as improved travel and communications enabled continents to be crossed with ease.