vivienne westwood

Fall 1994 Documented Vivienne Westwood Riding Suit

This suit is the twin of the suit featured in the 2006 Metropolitan Museum exhibit "Anglomani". The Museum says of that exhibit:

"AngloMania focuses on British fashion from 1976 to 2006, a period of astounding creativity and experimentation. Over the past thirty years, British fashion has been defined by a knowing and self-conscious historicism. In their search for novelty, designers have looked to past styles with an appetite that is as audacious as it is rapacious. Focusing on their postmodern, historicizing tendencies, this exhibition presents a series of tableaux based on Britain's rich artistic traditions. The irony of satirical prints, the romance of landscape paintings, and the glamour and bravado of grand manner portraits are evoked through a wide spectrum of British designers. The exhibition is set in the Metropolitan Museum's English period rooms—the Annie Laurie Aitken Galleries—to create a potent dialogue between the past and the present."

Westwood was of course featured heavily in the exhibit and this suit was a part of "The Hunt" motif and as you can see in the photos attached the twin of this suit's jacket was used in the most provocative ways! I love the signature Westwood details, the shoulders in particular with their high, gathered caps that give the jacket its definitive silhouette. Velvet lapels and pocket details harken to a hunting jacket and the doible row of buttoms are gold toned metal ones embossed with the Westwood crown. The skirt is cut slim and short. Thigh boots optional. Excellent, appears unworn condition.

Fully lined in logo embossed silk. The jacket closes with buttons as shown and the skirt with a zipper and button on the waist. The shoulders are lightly padded to create the high cap effect as shown. Four decorative buttons on each sleeve. Each pocket on the jacket is still tacked shut. Tagged 100% wool and a size 44 but please check measurements as she runs small.

Sleeves: 25"
Shoulders: 13" (inset)
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 29" from neck to hem

Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 19" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD1809

Reference photos from the 2006 Metropolitan Museum exhibit "Anglomani".

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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