Vivienne Westwood’s studies of 18th-century fashion inspired her “Statue of Liberty” ensemble, which recontextualized the corset from underwear to erotically-charged outerwear. Westwood’s leather corset pushes up the breasts – as did boned stays – while the shape of the skirt resembles the look of panniers (side hoops). This ensemble is from Westwood's important Time Machine collection.


  • Title: Dress Detail of front dress
  • Creator: Vivienne Westwood
  • Fashion House: Vivienne Westwood
  • Date Created: Fall 1988
  • Location Created: England
  • Season: Fall 1988
  • Type: Two-piece dress
  • Rights: Copyright The Museum at FIT
  • Medium: Silver and pink leather, silk tulle, and synthetic lamé
  • Credit: Museum purchase

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