vivienne westwood

Limited Edition 2012 Vivienne Westwood Red Carpet Capsule Collection Silver Sequin Strapless Dress

This incredible 2012 Vivienne Westwood dress was a celebrity favourite that season  and beyond and for good reason. It is stunning on the body. Its twin walked the special Queen Jubilee runway show, Diane Kruger wore a brighter, more silver sequin version of it and Amy Adams, Natasha Poonawala and Lotta Kaijarvi all wore the twin or versions of the one I have here on various red carpets both that year and in years since. This was a dress that was a part of a special capsule collection - the Vivienne Westwood’s Red Carpet Capsule Collection - that was created in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Between its limited edition production and extensive red carpet provenance this is a fantastically collectible dress that is also extremely beautiful. 

This is classic Westwood and given the event is was created for that is of no surprise. The dress is strapless with a flat, stiffened and boned front corset panel and bonng along the sides. The fabric is draped over that and peaked at the front on either side. This is Westwood to the core and it is stunning to see. The waist is nipped in under that and then the dress glides over the hips and falls to the floor. The fabric has been draped and swept up over the dress as it falls to create the beautiful draping and folds that you see. I love how one side of the skirt is swept up and stitched into place. A high slit is hidden under the folds of the skirt where it sweeps up and when you ask or sit you get a fantastic length of bare leg as you see in many of the reference photos. The fabric itself is gorgeous. It is entirely covered in thousand of tiny matte silver sequins that are laid out flat side by side so that the fabric has an almost liquid feel to it. There is a pattern in white that is on the silk underneath that adds the way the light catches the dress and it gives the dress more depth and texture. It is fantastic and a very special piece. This would make an amazing wedding dress for a bride or could be an alternative dress in a more extended wedding celebration. And of course it could also be worn to any fabulous and glamourous event. Excellent condition wth a minor note below. 

The corset is lined in a blue print fabric and is boned through the front and back. The front and back panels are stiffened to hold the shape and the sides are a stretch netting. It closes with a back zipper to the waist and then a second zipper is set angled to follow a seam under that at the back. I see a light spot on the inner corset and that goes through to the sequins that lay inside the folds at the front. You see them if you spread out the fabric and look but it cannot be seen at all when on as they are in the folds. Slight grubbiness/faint marks to the edge of the hem and inner lining. Tagged a US12 UK 14 and has both a British Flag label and the Gold label.

Bust: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17- 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 49" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD4491

Reference Photos: (1) Vivienne Westwood Red Carpet Collection on show at Tokyo's British Embassy.  /  (2) Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood at the “Amour” premiere, Cannes Film Festival 2012.  /  (3) Amy Adams in Vivienne Westwood at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.  /  (4) 19 Natasha Poonawala in Vivienne Westwood, 2015.  /  (5-6) Lotta Kaijärvi in Vivienne Westwood at the amfAR Gala 2019.

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