Monday, 6 April 2009

Vivienne Westwood 1996S/S Collection : Les Femmes

Color Analysis :

Color Scheme :

- Achromatic Color Scheme
- Mono-chromatic Color Scheme
- Complimentary Color Scheme :
-->Blue-Violet & Orange-Yellow;Red&Green .

Vivienne Westwood loves using Blacks , Whites and Grays to creat the Achromatic Color effect.
In the first part of this fashion show, i found that most of the dresses used the Achromatic Color scheme.

We can see that Vivienne Westwood used Green as the key color of this dress and using red color to crearte a contrast color effect.

Moreover , in this colloection I found Vivienne Westwood used Analogous Color Scheme so as to create the feeling of harmony. The left one is using different value of blue and the right one is using different value of red.


About the Collection

Inspired by the seventeenth century French essayist, La Rochefoucault, she revisited this theme in her Spring/Summer 1996 collection, Les Femmes ne Connaissent pas toute leur Coquetterie (‘Women do not understand the full extent of their coquettishness’) with body extensions such as padded busts and hips and metal cage bustles creating an exaggerated hourglass silhouette that took some of her designs close to the realm of the unwearable. Others however, such as the sumptuous, strapless sack-back Watteau evening dress of tumbling green and lilac silk taffeta (famously modelled by Linda Evangelista), brought these exaggerations together in an unmistakably contemporary statement.

One of the star garments of the collection was the 'Queen of Sheba' dress. Inspired by Pagan themes in Tiepolo's paintings and embroidered woth eads and ostrich feathers by the corsetier Mr Pearl, it was worn by the actress Demi Moore.

This 'Watteau' evening dress in green silk shot with lilac taffrta with a burgundy bow had been worn by Linda Evangelista and formed a compelling publicit image.

Professor in Dress and Textile Hisory ar The University of Brighton, worte of the gress ' she dramatically subverted the sack-back style of Watteau, making it sexily strapless and exaggerating the tightness of the bodice and the flamboyance of the echelles bows that trim the corset-bodice. '

The videos of this collection

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