Composed of made-to-order gowns and expertly crafted couture looks, each piece in the Vivienne Westwood Bridal Couture 2021 collection is reminiscent of a significant moment from the Westwood archive and her development as a master couturier. The collection is evocative of the atelier’s signature avant-garde tailoring and combined historical and experimental pattern cutting.
The Made-to-Order collection presents a selection of metamorphic looks and accessories. Detachable sleeves, capes and Bagatelle corsets inspire brides to curate their own Westwood look from the collection. While grand baroque Diva trains and Elizabeth boleros in silk duchess or tulle offer a transitional element for added drama. The collection is created with an environmental conscience and reduced carbon footprint, with each piece designed, sampled and made locally in England. Sustainable fabrics in the collection include an ivory Peace silk, a Tiny Stars jacquard in recycled polyester and an ivory FSC certified viscose – as a vegan alternative to silk.
Inspired by 25 years of couture at the atelier, the Made-to-Order 2021 collection includes; the Ball Tie with a graceful georgette or delicate lace detachable cape and the Leia corseted gown in silk taffeta or a custom recycled polyester jacquard, with a layered high slit and sweeping train creating drama worthy of a Venetian carnival. The Bagatelle dress and corset top are inspired by the Spring-Summer 1997 collection Vive La Bagatelle; in taffeta, silk duchess or Absence of Roses duchess. The romantic neckline is sculpted as draped fabric sweeps across the shoulder, anchored to an eighteenth century inspired flat corset.
The Couture looks, handcrafted in the London atelier, feature playful exposed lace corsetry complimented with high slits, tulle trains and rose embroidery. Corseted ruffled mini dresses shimmering in lurex mounted on organza and the opulent Peace Cocotte gown in heavy silk is styled with a double satin Bird of Paradise apron train, creating baroque bride grandeur.