Vivienne Westwood, “Active Resistance to Propaganda” manifesto reading on December 1, 2007

HAVING had her Active Resistance to Propaganda manifesto widely panned when she presented it at this year’s Hay Literary Festival, Vivienne Westwood will be hoping it receives a warmer response in London as she prepares to take it public again. The grande dame of British political fashion will present her ideas on art and insight amid the 17th century Dutch paintings and 18th century French works of the Wallace Collection at Hertford House next month. The manifesto – a dialogue between 25 characters including Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, Aristotle and Whistler – will be read by Georgia May Jagger (as Alice), with other parts open to members of the public. “The most important thing about this manifesto is that it is a practice,” Westwood explains. “If you follow it your life will change. In the pursuit of culture you will start to think. If you change your life, you change the world.” Interested in giving it a go? The Active Resistance to Propaganda manifesto reading will take place at The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1 at 2pm on December 1. Tickets cost £12; call 020 7563 9551 to book, or to request to play a role.

via: vogue.co.uk

Gareth Pugh: aesthetic research vs. commercial potential

Always more and more attention is dedicated to this emerging fashion designer, known for experimenting with volume and forms.

He often uses “nonsensically shaped, wearable sculptures” to “distort [..] the human body almost beyond recognition.”

Elements in his designs include PVC inflated into voluminous coats, black and white patchwork squares, Perspex discs linked like chain mail, and shiny latex masks and leggings; he has used materials including mink, parachute silk, foam footballs, afro-weave synthetic hair, and electrically charged plastic in his clothing.  Pugh describes his designs as being “about the struggle between lightness and darkness, [..]”.

 HSBC had the big idea to use one of his sculptures/clothes for an adv campaign last year:

HSBC and Gareth Pugh

It’s impossible not to say that he’s trying to be innovative, but what about the commercial aspect of being a designer?

Pugh claimed in March 2007 that he had yet to sell a single dress.

It’s important to say that until his Spring 2007 collection, his clothes were solely catwalk experiments unavailable to purchase.

Now he’s shifting to more wearable clothing.