The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia yesterday announced it would be playing host to an exhibition in honour of acclaimed fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. The exhibition titled Dame Vivienne Westwood, Dress Up Story – 1990 Until Now, is curated by SCAD Trustee André Leon Talley, at the SCAD Museum of Art.
From Westwood’s groundbreaking Spring/Summer ’91 collection Cut, Slash, and Pull through the current collections, Dress Up Story highlights more than 33 designs realized in collaboration with her creative partner and husband Andreas Kronthaler.
The British designer is also known as a nonconformist, artist, and an activist who has lent her voice to environmental causes. The exhibition features garments, accessories, and fashion show footage that highlight her innovative pattern making, instinctual use of fabrics, and distinctive technique.
“My clothes are more subversive than they’ve ever been,” said Dame Vivienne. “In a world of conformity, they offer a real choice.” Her oeuvre remains a poignant representation of contemporary life, as she skillfully deconstructs and arranges symbolic cultural elements into new and surprising creative designs.
Curator of the exhibition André 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.”
Selections from the SCAD Museum of Art’s Earle W. Newton collection of British and American paintings, hung salon style, create a backdrop for the revolutionary flair of the garments. Dame Vivienne 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.”
The exhibition will take place from May 19 through September 13, 2015