vivienne westwood

1990s Vivienne Westwood Gilt Painted Knit Skirt & Tank

When researching this piece the most similar thing I could find reference wise was the photo (attached) from the 1983 show but the tags on this piece date to later then that and I am guessing that it is from the late nineties perhaps. Regardless of the date it is a fabulous example of her work with its nod to deconstruction and her punk roots. The pieces are knit and a loose open weave so are semi-transparent, making them shocking if worn over undergarments alone or one can make them feel more safe by layering them over other pieces. The top is cut tank style with a crossed back strap. As in the skirt she mixes two knits - a neutral shot through with pink thread that has a thicker more ribbed feel, topping a almost spiderweb thread fine silk knit. The front of the tank is painted with a gilt design. The skirt is magnificent, cut super model length with that same duo knit used. I love the raw edges and the way it clings to the body and trails behind. In person the finer knit present as more a mulled raspberry - the photos and transparency in the camera's light wash the color out a bit. It's never been worn and still has its original tag and sample tag attached. Excellent condition with one small note below

Both piece pull on the wear and the knit has stretch. Maybe even a little more then what is listed below but the measurements given are at a comfortable stretch. It acts a little like a bias cut once on a shortens up a bit depending on your curves. Elastic through the skirt waist. One small repair to the top. I see the occasional pull in the knit but can't honestly say they are not intended to be there - the bottom hem displays this as well and it all looks deliberate. Tagged a MED.

Bust: 16-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 26" from shoulder to hem

Waist: 14.5-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 53" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG


Reference Photo: Sara Stockbridge walking for Vivienne Westwood’s s/s 1983 Punkature collection (credit: Niall McInerney)

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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