August 30 2014

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Vivienne Westwood, Dame of Punk, Takes a Turn at the Ballet


Vivienne Westwood's costumes for the Vienna State Ballet

Talk about dichotomy: Vivienne Westwood, she of SEX and naked cowboys T-shirt fame, has designed a collection of romantic costumes for the Vienna State Ballet that will be worn by dancers during a New Year’s concert on Wednesday. Despite her punk past, the Dame has, of course, proven her adeptness in creating lavish, impeccably draped feminine frocks and gowns, and the dancers’ silk and tulle wares are of this school. In fact, one costume is a riff on a look from Westwood’s Spring ’14 collection. But it’s not all prim and proper attire—according to WWD, Westwood has put some of the dancers in her famed tartan kilts and bustiers. As the old saying goes, you can take the designer out of 430 Kings Road…

Photo: ORF/G√ľnther Pichlkostner, via WWD

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