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34 years in fashion

Organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

12 November 2004 – 30 January 2005, National Gallery of Australia

Australian Art Exhibitions Museum art gallery exhibiton design NGA National Gallery of Australia Vivienne Westwood exhibition wedding dress ensemble

Vivienne Westwood is one of Britain’s best known and most admired fashion designers. In 2004, when the exhibition was held, she had made a major contribution to international fashion for over three decades and was awarded British Designer of the Year in 1990 and 1991. In 1992 she was honoured with the Order of the British Empire for her outstanding contribution to fashion.


This exhibition presented a highly accessible, visual exploration of fashion from the 1970s until 2004 through one designer’s vision. It reflected the dynamism of Westwood’s contribution to fashion, from the early punk years to the historicism of her work in the early 2000's.

Wedding Ensemble, Anglomania, Autumn/Winter 1993, NGA  Collection

Key exhibits included examples of punk clothing worn by members of the group Sex Pistols in the 1970s; examples from the revolutionary ‘mini-crini’ and ‘Pirate’ collections of the 1980s; the infamous shoes in which Naomi Campbell toppled over on the catwalk in 1993; a sumptuous ballgown worn by Linda Evangelista; and major pieces worn by Sarah Jessica Parker as style icon Carrie in the television series Sex and the City, garments worn by the artist Tracey Emin and a dress worn by Cameron Diaz at the 59th annual Golden Globe awards in January 2002.

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