36 years of Westwood.


If you’re lucky enough to live in San Francisco, like the good folks at DWR corporate, then you still have a month to get over to the de Young museum to see "Vivienne Westwood: 36 Years in Fashion."  Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, the exhibit’s lone American stop is in SF. Westwood emerged from the worlds of punk and went mainstream oddly enough by defying fashion’s conventional logic. She never followed trends. She only starts them.

Her work takes traditional elements like tartans and tweed suiting and mashes them together with punk styling. It is the most perfect fusion of stuffy English tradition and London’s youth culture. And she’s also know for her expert tailoring, cementing her reputation as a fashion designer’s designer.

Included in the show are garments spanning her nearly 40 years of influence, including the infamous platform shoes that Naomi Campbell took a spill on the runway wearing in 1993.