Vivienne Westwood‘s amplifies her love for the past with her latest unisex collection is inspired by the Wallace Collection, London Daphnis and Chloe (1743) by the French Rococo painter Francois Boucher. The Greek myth written by Longus is a story of lovers raised by shepherds. Daphnis and Chloe who are abandoned at birth grow up on the island of Lesbos and fall in love with each other. Boucher heightens up the love tale with an erotic gaze when Chloe falls asleep to Daphnis pipe.
Westwood continues to follow her tradition of historical corsets inspired by Boucher’s stewardesses, fusing her signature Portrait Corset, Naked Shirt and Elizabeth Top with the pastel color palette of the sky and prints of the court favorite of Louis XV in her latest collection.
The pastoral scene reminding us of our own more passive attitude during the pandemic is made with care. Westwood’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in the collection’s materiality is over 90% of reduced impact like organic and recycled cotton, organic silk, eco & recycled denim, recycled nylon and polyester. The love tale of lovers in nature flows naturally with clothes in partnership with the Canopy Planet program where forest ecosystems are protected and well managed forests to prevent deforestation.
“The 18th century is the high point of art and culture.” Westwood says with her form fitting romantic trends.END
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