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Vivienne Westwood UK

Corset Exhibition


Vivienne Westwood MAN Autumn-Winter 1996/97 Collection.


The ‘Slave to Love’ jacked features glass beads, embroidered by renowned corset-maker, Mr Pearl. This piece was presented in Vivienne Westwood’s first on-schedule menswear show, Vivienne Westwood MAN, in Milan, January 1996.‘It played with ideas and ideals of masculinity and femininity -corseting the male figure yet creating an overall look that speaks of heroic masculinity’ -Alexander Fury. Dual references to masculinity and femininity are inherent to the Vivienne Westwood overall design approach, with recurrent use of the nude body.

Listen to fashion journalist, author and critic, Alexander Fury, as he discusses the iconic corset pieces featured in the installation.