In her second season showing at NY Bridal Week, Vivienne Westwood presented her Couture and Made to Order ranges alongside long-time partner Andreas Kronthaler’s for Vivienne Westwood AW 19’ bridal collection. Both inherently rooted in the Westwood punk aesthetic, each collection paid homage to the legacy of the brand and historical drama fused with the unexpected, the raw and the unabashed for today’s client.
“My clothes allow you to project your personality, and are quite theatrical in the sense that they are real clothes, well-designed, and they give you a chance to express yourself.”
Andreas Kronthaler took notes from his Austrian history; handcrafted flower embroideries, lace-up cavalier pants, braced dresses, corseted busts and full dirndl inspired dresses were met with an urban cowgirl style and carried throughout the collection. Fabrics of rubber and satin were draped into slinky dresses and contrasted with the more voluminous draped dresses of crushed silk twill and tulle. The collection overall has a sustainable message with multi-functional styles such as detachable panels becoming veils and tops and a mix and match philosophy for everyday wear.
Steeped in 17th and 18th century culture, Vivienne Westwood’s Couture and Made to Order collection was inspired by the high society women of the time. Donned in fabulous curiosities and exaggerated silhouettes, ladies would share intellect on the melting pot of arts, literature and politics and lust over the finest fabrics and jewels, not far from Vivienne’s woman of today. Iconic gowns, corsetry and cocktail dresses from the Westwood archive are reinterpreted in silk and taffeta and explore traditional tailoring techniques. Each made to measure piece is personally designed for the client through a series of private appointments and crafted by the couturiers in Westwood’s London atelier with dedicated time and attention to detail.
Timeless pieces lead the way to a sustainable ethos for Vivienne. In a time where climate change and environmental consideration is on the tip of everyone’s tongue, the collection takes this manifesto beyond the political and makes it one of hope and prosperity. Pieces are designed to be multi-functional and multi-purpose, re-worn and restyled, shared beyond the wedding day.
Roses hand-painted on the finest organza and stitched into layered panels of feminine ruffles that make up a dress-come-bustier.
The iconic orb key-ring, for the keys to our heart.