Victorian era mixed with pirate chic mixed with British heritage. That is what comprises the awesomeness of Vivienne Westwood designs and shoes in particular. Beginning in 1973 and until this day, Westwood’s shoes are not ones to go quietly down the runway. As true pieces of pop art, they’ve always made a splash.
The Pirate Boot, first seen in 1981; The Sahara Plimsoll, making an entrance in 1999; and let’s not forget the Super Elevated Gillie platforms, which in 1993 brought Naomi Campbell down to her knees right there on the runway.
A history like that deserves an exhibition and that’s exactly what Selfridges London gives us.
Vivienne Westwood Shoes, An Exhibition 1973 – 2010 will run from 26 August – 22 September.