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Designer Vivienne Westwood’s personal wardrobe is auctioned off to benefit charities!

Corset dresses, pirate boots and pearl necklaces… Nearly 200 lots of dresses that belonged to the designer Vivienne Westwood, who died on December 29, 2022, will be auctioned at Christie’s in June. Enough to delight the many fans of the queen of punk who inspired the wardrobe of the heroines of Ai Yazawa’s Nana manga.

God save the queen of fashion, Vivienne Westwood! The wardrobe of the world’s most famous British designer will be auctioned at Christie’s in June 2024.

It was her husband of thirty years, Andreas Kronthaler (currently artistic director of the maison who has continued since Vivienne Westwood’s death on December 29, 2022), who personally selected the lots. The couple had discussed it a few weeks before her death at age 81, reports the Caretaker.

What we will find at the Christie’s auction of Vivienne Westwood’s wardrobe.

Very old pieces

Among the 200 lots that will soon be put up for sale, the oldest dates back to the Vivienne Westwood 1983-1994 collection, called “ Witches “. Inspired by the drawings of Keith Haring, it is a navy blue suit, with a skirt whose transparent position at the front allows the panties to be deliberately revealed. Priestess of punk, we tell you.

3 lots out of 200 at Christie's auction for part of Vivienne Westwood's wardrobe
3 lots among the 200 at Christie’s auction of a part of Vivienne Westwood’s wardrobe. © Christie’s.

Some looks show signs of wear, of course, as most of them are dresses that Vivienne Westwood herself has worn. The pieces also show signs of tinkering, mending, and other textile repairs that should be common. Not only for reasons of economy and ecology, but also because she loads the clothes with our personal stories even more.


The entire proceeds from the auction will be donated to the associations : the Vivienne Foundation, Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders. And together with the clothes, card games designed by Vivienne Westwood will also be on sale for the benefit of the Greenpeace association of which she was a fervent activist. Eco-sustainable and socially conscious punk, even posthumously: one more reason to continue to adore him.

The “card game to save the world” created by Vivienne Westwood.

The Vivienne Westwood auction: fashion inspiration, even if you can’t afford to bid

In short, even if we don’t necessarily have the means to purchase the lots whose prices are likely to skyrocket very quickly, it remains a great source of fashion inspiration. Vivienne Westwood also dressed manga heroines well Grandmother, by Ai Yazawa, in the role of singer Dua Lipa made of pearl necklaces, cheeky corset dresses and pirate boots. It has managed to overcome the rift between a punk ideology, full of political slogans and social commitment, while managing to keep its house afloat in the luxury segment, with clients such as Pharrell Williams and Theresa May (second female prime minister British designated in June 2016). in the midst of the Brexit storm).

This auction of Vivienne Westwood’s personal effects, requested by the designer herself before her death, will take place live in London on 25 June, as well as online from 14 to 28 June. Previously, a free exhibition of the lots, open to the public, will be held at Christie’s in London (8 King Street St. James’s), from 14 to 24 June, if you pass by Big Ben. The queen of British fashion is dead, long live the queen.


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