Tuesday 21 November 2017

Vienna Ballet gets a punk makeover by Vivienne Westwood

Dame Vivienne Westwood has designed pieces for the ballet.

The designer is usually known for her punky clothing, but has now taken a very different direction by creating pieces for the Vienna State Ballet.

Rather than showing off her designs on the catwalk, Vivienne’s looks will be worn by dancers during the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's New Year's concert on December 31.

The looks shown on stage are being taken from the fashion star’s more romantic pieces.

Dancer Kathrin Menzinger will perform a waltz on the night, wearing a Vivienne Westwood silk taffeta Moon dress.

The gown was first shown during the designer’s spring 2014 Gold Label show in Paris.

Her partner Vadim Garbuzov will wear a sober all-black look, consisting of silk pants and a double-breasted jacket.

During the interval a film of the company performing at Vienna's Palais Liechtenstein will showcase more of Vivienne’s pieces.

A burgundy tulle paradise gown, a buttercup yellow dress, bustiers and tartan mini kilts will all feature in the video.

The 72-year-old designer has been keeping busy and is currently working on a book with Ian Kelly.

It started out as a biography but now contains passages by Vivienne, which Ian promises won’t disappoint.

“Vivienne is wonderfully candid. I sat there with my jaw on the table for a lot of it. Especially about what went on in the 1970s. It will be revelatory, I think," he told guardian.co.uk. "Vivienne is alive and very connected, and so I would be an idiot not to use her as a source for a lot of the material. Then I have been doing what I would normally do, looking at sources and archives and interviewing people who know her, from Jerry Hall and Pamela Anderson, to Shami Chakrabarti."

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