The Bridal collection celebrates 25 years.
Inspired by iconic 25-year-old pieces of the fashion house in London the Vivienne Westwood wedding ateliers unveiled two collections of Couture and Made To Order wedding dresses.
“A retrospective of iconic catwalk silhouettes is curated into a collection which celebrates 25 years since the inception of couture at the London atelier. Composed of made-to-order gowns and expertly crafted couture looks, each piece is reminiscent of a significant moment from the Westwood archive and her development as a master couturier. The collection is evocative of the atelier’s signature avant-garde tailoring and combined historical and experimental pattern cutting.” Says Vivienne’s website.
The collection presents six wonderful designs:
The historical Marie Antoinette dress features scalloped lace edges that frame the voluminous petticoat underskirt, while the delicate sculpted lace corset top and detachable hidden tulle panniers enhance the stately silhouette.
The elegant Silver Moon Dress, in a shimmering silver palm leaf jacquard, sculpts a feminine silhouette with side slit detail and a graceful train. The asymmetrical neckline of the corseted bodice adds a touch of Hollywood glamour, with an architectural unfurling flower-like neckline detail finished with crystal detailing.
The Hemingway Rose: Taking the modern bride from day to night, the mini Hemingway Rose Dress is a transformational two-piece bridal look. The corseted mini dress, with intricate floral hand-embroidered embellishment, translucent mesh panels and exposed corsetry, is paired with a detachable voluminous cloud-like floor-length tulle train. with a detachable train that took 190 hours to make, and 9 people worked on it.
The Vivienne Westwood Couture Levant dress: a mini dress features layers of shimmering ivory and gold lurex chiffon, creating sumptuous volume and flowing drapes across the body. The asymmetrical fluid neckline is built on a corset foundation and is finished with a fabric belt, further accentuating the cinched waist. This dress took 72 hours to make with 5 people working on it.
The Vivienne Westwood Couture Peace Cocotte with Bird of Paradise train: reinterprets the seminal Vivienne Westwood Cocotte gown through a modern lens.
The original Cocotte neckline is subverted, an architectural sweeping line lifts the top of the corset to hover just above the shoulders – exaggerating the cinched waist, from which lustrous silk satin dances and drapes from the hip, evocative of ancient Greek statues.This dress took 150 hours, and seven ateliers. Adding drama to the couture look, a detachable Bird of Paradise Train is tied over the Peace Cocotte gown. The original Bird of Paradise dress was first seen in the Spring-Summer 2005 Gold Label show.
The Cora Cocotte: inspired by the seminal Cocotte gown and was originally developed for the 21st birthday of Vivienne’s granddaughter Cora Corré. The couture iteration, features an ethereal translucent tulle base intricately hand-embroidered with beading and thread work, creating an elaborate rose pattern. it can be styled with a floor-length sculptural Cape, created with layers of delicate ivory tulle.