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Subversive Style: France’s first exhibition Devoted to Vivienne Westwood opens in Lyon

France’s first exhibition dedicated to British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has started at Lyon’s Musée des Tissus.

“Art, style and subversion” feature bits in the collection of Lee Price along with the outfits in the Middle ages on screen at the biggest fabric museum on the planet.

“It was very obvious to create this exhibition here because Vivienne Westwood referred to some job of the Musée des Tissus, a Charles de Blois garment in the fourteenth century,” Julie Ruffet-Broussard, curator of the memorial told AFP.

“We could generate a definite number of connections involving our bits and people of Vivienne Westwood.”

Cost, who lives in Lyon, worked at the boutiques of their designer for twenty-five years, and was a fervent collector of her job as a teenager.

“I think it’s beautiful once you reside in a town and the neighborhood museum it is possible to exhibit your clothing there and they know the historic aims of the clothing and the references of these clothing and they’ve all those in their writings to reveal alongside the garments,” Price told AFP.

The exhibition includes over 200 bits that follow almost half a century at the livelihood of the programmer, by the Sex Pistols to environmental campaigns and collections which subvert the principles of the English aristocracy or perform the understanding of the 18th century, the golden era of craftsmanship.

“Vivienne Westwood is modern because she’s anchored before. She doesn’t have respect for modern artists that wish to wash out the past and make from nothing” Esclarmonde Monteil, manager of the museum and curator of this exhibition told AFP.

The Westwood mantra”buy less, select better and allow it to last” can also be something that the museum believes and is a stance which is becoming even more stylish during the COVID crisis, and it has awakened the fashion world: Louis Vuitton recycles its collections, Gucci and Saint-Laurent have abandoned Fashion months and countless more homes have dedicated to generating significantly less, reducing travel and revisiting collections.

“Vivienne Westwood encapsulates everything, it is irrelevant whether it is punk, new romantic, while it’s tailoring, couture. I believe each type of genre, Vivienne can relate to, so her garments will relate to.”

“And I hope that is something which hopefully people can view in the display too. There is something which everybody can relate to like.”

The display runs till January the 17th in the Musée des Tissus.