Burberry to Launch Collection With Vivienne Westwood

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Burberry to Launch Collection With Vivienne Westwood

Burberry’s new chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci will collaborate with iconic punk designer Vivienne Westwood on a new capsule collection to be released in December.

“Vivienne Westwood was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer myself,” added Tisci in an official statement. “She is a rebel, a punk and unrivalled in her unique representation of British style, which has inspired so many of us. When I first started at Burberry, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to approach her to do something.”

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Burberry and Vivienne Westwood’s limited-edition collection will feature reimagined iconic styles from Burberry’s archive that celebrate British heritage and style. Proceeds from the collection will support Cool Earth, a non-profit organization working to save rainforests.

Tisci studied at Italy’s Design Istituto d’Arte Applicata in Cantù until the age of 17 before graduating from London’s Central St Martins in 1999. In 2005 his career was sealed when he was made creative director of both Givenchy’s haute couture and ready-to-wear lines. He has also worked designing stage costumes for musical greats like Madonna, Rihanna and Beyonce.

This collaboration announcement comes as iconic works from Westwood’s back-catalogue go under the hammer at Bonhams auctioneers from the collection of Mark Jay, the founding editor of Punk fanzine Skum.

“The collection represents a very personal record of an extraordinary and incendiary eighteen months from mid-1976 to early 1978 when Punk Rock exploded across the UK music scene,” said Bonhams. “Mark’s involvement in the movement came very early – before the notorious Bill Grundy interview with the Sex Pistols, before any of the groups had record contracts and before the movement even had a proper name.”

 

[caption id="attachment_17071" align="aligncenter" width="404"] Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren: A ‘God Save The Queen’ T-shirt, 1977. Bonhams.[/caption]

“In June 1977 Mark was one of the few fans lucky enough to attend the Sex Pistols’ legendary ‘Boat Party’ concert on Jubilee Day, an invitation that was part-payment for the production of the poster, along with the printed material, flyers and some of the T-shirts that are now offered in this auction. The bulk of the collection was therefore obtained through Mark’s close association with the groups at the time, their offices and their entourage. It was totally normal for the likes of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones or Johnny Rotten to take the time to stop and talk to their fans and ask about their lives and feelings. This is what made the movement so special and made people feel so involved.”

The Entertainment Memorabilia auction takes place July 18 at 12.00 BST.

 

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