Dame of the British Empire Vivienne Westwood is best known for her provocative SEX/Seditionaries boutique on Kings Road, and then perhaps her runway shows. Her shoes recently got a hit of mass-market retail power when she did a limited edition collection for a partnership including Nine West, Macy's and Vogue. Westwood was comparatively reserved in that work, but for other venues, her bulbous, curving platform soles sometimes grow to NBA-qualifying heights. This is the first book to gather Westwood's shoe designs, every one of them--140 examples, including the infamous platform that felled Naomi Campbell--from 1973 to the present day. Newly commissioned color photography documents each model, and detailed reporting explains their history, laying bare the designer's sources of inspiration and working practices. Vivienne Westwood Shoes includes a biography and chronology of the designer's life and work, most recently her 25th year of runway shows, a first major retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and designs for the rich and famous--from Tracey Emin to Cameron Diaz. It's essential reading and window-shopping for all fashion hounds, shoe fetishists and fans of the Queen of British design, who is at once the one of the greatest living British fashion designers and the most talked-about.
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'A delight for any followers of fashion' The Daily Express. 'This fabulous book serves as an informative and colourful look at the hugely influential designer's life and work' OK! 'A fascinating study of Vivienne's illustrious career' Hello! ***** (Westwood) truly is the Grand Dame of British fashion. And this book is a fitting celebration of that' Heat. '***** Drooling matter for all fashionistas' New Woman. 'Lavish ... colour-drenched, mirror-glossy, and snapped by the likes of Mario Testino and Annie Leibovitz' You Magazine, Mail on Sunday. --The Daily Express
About the Author:
Claire Wilcox is a leading expert on contemporary fashion. She curated the highly successful V&A exhibitions Vivienne Westwood (V&A 2004) which is now touring to Australia, China and Germany, Radical Fashion (V&A 2001) and The Art and Craft of Gianni Versace (V&A 2002) and edited the accompanying books. She is the author of Bags (V&A 1999) and Modern Fashion in Detail (with Valerie Mendes, V&A 1998).
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- Publication date2011
- ISBN 10 8889431849
- ISBN 13 9788889431849
- Edition number1
- Number of pages192