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Vivienne Westwood UK

Corset Exhibition


Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood Spring-Summer 2020 ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ Collection.


This corset debuted in the ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ collection for Spring-Summer 2020, in an orange, black and red cotton, complete with a floral jacquard print. Andreas explained in the collection notes how the corsetry provided structure for the collection - ‘Underpinning supplied by the hard shell of the coquille corset -a foundation for the flowing cloth bands of Botticelli’s Venus’. This style carries echoes of vintage underwear, in their juxtapositions of jacquard and elastic, recalling the foundation garments of the mid-20th century.

Vivienne and Andreas both love Parisian haute couture from this period, often referencing it in their designs from the early 1990s onwards. These styles refer to those originals, although they are once again exposed as outerwear’—Alexander Fury

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