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Vivienne Westwood, “On Liberty,” Fall/Winter 1994

Lydia Edwards

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015


“My job, more than anything, is to idealize women,” Vivienne Westwood has said of her work, including the fall/winter collection “On Liberty,” which premiered in Paris in 1994. Her appropriation of historic styles is well known, but in this collection a reinvention of the bustle, the nineteenth-century skirt support that accented a woman’s behind and allowed for elaborate skirt drapery, is more fluid than similar iterations have been. Westwood’s stark wire cage from 1990, for instance, was not so


Grace Evans

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe 2010

Encyclopedia entry

The fashionable silhouette has gone through bewildering changes during the last two hundred years, and these would not have been possible without the shapes created beneath. Underwear and outerwear progressed in tandem. Underwear designers responded to prevailing styles of fashionable dress, and fashion designers built and relied upon the capabilities of structural underpinnings as they developed. These changes were, in turn, influenced by key social, economic, and technological developments, whi


H. Kristina Haugland

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Slovakia: Urban Dress

Magdaléna M. Zubercová

Translated by Jana Levická

František Pál

George Hirner

L’ubica Chorváthová

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. East Europe, Russia, and the Caucasus 2010

Encyclopedia entry

The Slovak Republic was created in 1993 after the former Czechoslovakia split into two independent states. The largest ethnic minorities are Hungarians and Roma people. Portraits show that during the Napoleonic wars, the women of Hungarian society in Slovak lands started to wear light, fine dresses with low-cut bodices and bare shoulders. In the Empire period, cultivated and elegant “Viennese fashion” became desirable. In the nineteenth century, Budapest tailors ambitiously devoted themselves to

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P. N. Furbank and A. M. Cain

Source: Mallarmé on Fashion. A Translation of the Fashion MagazineLa Dernière mode, with Commentary 2004

Book chapter

On the argument that, in this late-summer hiatus between years, it is not plain what the new or ‘latest’ fashion is going to be, Madame de Ponty chooses for her first article a permanent and unchanging topic, jewellery.

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