The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia has just announced a unique exhibition honouring Dame Vivienne Westwood, entitled Dress Up Story – 1990 Until Now, curated by SCAD Trustee and fashion aficionado André Leon Talley, at the SCAD Museum of Art.
Dress Up Story exhibits more than 33 designs created in collaboration with her design partner and husband Andreas Kronthaler, ranging from Westwood’s groundbreaking Spring/Summer ’91 collection Cut, Slash, and Pull through to the most recent lines.
The anarchic designer is revered and adored for her nonconformist approach and dedicated work as both an artist and an activist. The show features clothing, accessories, and fashion show footage that display her innovative pattern making, instinctual use of fabrics, and distinctive technique. The exhibition showcases the Westwood’s masterful application of colour and her use of unique fabric patterns and materials that capture both fashion culture and British history.
Curator of the exhibition André Leon Talley says “She is totally underrated! I think her work is on the level of Yves Saint Laurent couture with the depth or her originality and boldness. She’s like a female English Saint Laurent! She is the reverend mother of a certain movement in fashion.”