Rare 1990s Vivienne Westwood Black Tuxedo Suit
From the mid-nineties, this is an amazing example of Westwood's tailoring and precision in cut during this time period of her career. The pants are flat fronted and cut with a nod to a man's tailoring. The legs are wide and I love that she cuffed them using a wide cuff of the traditional matte silk satin that normally would run down the side of each leg. This little quirk of a detail that utilized a traditional element in an non-traditional way is a hallmark of her work. The jacket is also pure Westwood with a cut that gives both shape and definition of the lines. A rounded collar of the same matte silk satin used on the cuffs with a finish of inky black velvet at the top neck give it that tuxedo feel. Each sleeve is finished with her signature gold logo engraved buttons and two more sit at the front. It is in remarkable condition and still as relevant ans wearable as when it was made - perhaps even more so. Excellent condition.
The jacket is fully lined in a lingerie nude silk lining embossed with her logo. The pants are unlined but ribbon finished on the inner waist hem and hand finished at the inner cuff. Pockets sit on the hip of the jacket. The jacket buttons to close and the pants close with a hidden set zipper on one hip. Perhaps the very lightest of scuffing on the matte silk satin cuffs but nothing that detracts.
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 30" from neck to hem
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 44" from waist hem
Inseam: 31.5" from inner seam to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photo: Photographed for creative purposes by Nikki Ormerod, Styling: Nadia Pizzimenti, Hair & Makeup: Ashley Readings, Model: Constance from Plutino Models.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.