Workshop Tour | Vivienne Westwood’s Boutique
I have to say I was super excited to attend the couture store and have the opportunity to exclusively to meet the couture team and get up close and personal with Vivienne Westwood’s collections.
I can remember when I first studied fashion at London College of Fashion. Studying and researching designers like Vivienne and John Galliano got me excited to learn more about garment construction, pattern cutting and tailoring.
Vivienne Westwood has been associated with raising awareness on both environmental and human rights for some time and her trademark corset has been famous internationally for decades. Bridgette Stepputtis Head of Couture at Vivienne Westwood has been working for Vivienne for nearly thirty years and has helped shape and create the corset we know and love from Vivienne’s collections.
We were greeted by the staff with cake, sandwiches, Prosecco and tea. Once we were shown where the pattern cutting and alterations took place in the store, going through the reference books they keep at the store and the sewing techniques used to construct the corsets and garments Bridgette began discussing the pieces of clothing construction in detail. Up close you can see how much work, time and skill as gone into making the corsets.
The boutique store mainly has Westwood’s bridal, couture evening wear collections and accessories. A small yet beautifully store laid out with many corsets from past collections on display.
I had a great evening, learnt about the history of corsetry techniques used in couture. Thank you to the team and staff at Vivienne Westwood for making the evening enjoyable and inviting