One of the designers who drew inspiration from the 18th century, for a collection entitled Portrait in 1990/1991, was Dame Vivienne Westwood. For the A/W collection, Boucher paintings were printed onto corsets and ample pannier dresses were decorated with mischievous cherubs. Westwood continued to draw on trends and themes from The Age of Enlightenment as inspiration for her collections. A fervent advocate of the art of tailoring, the British designer used ribbons instead of safety pins and masterfully assembled her subversive historical models. As one of fashion's iconic trailblazers, Westwood set the trend for future collections, with designers including Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel and Christian Lacroix all following suit.- See more at: http://www.kate-lawson.com/2011/07/vivienne-westwood-exhibits-in-18th.html#sthash.fo1CoT4O.dpuf
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