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  • Vivienne Westwood’s “Cut from the past” exhibition at Danson House, UK. © Danson House/Daniel Extence

  • Vivienne Westwood’s “Cut from the past” exhibition at Danson House, UK. © Danson House/Daniel Extence

  • Vivienne Westwood’s “Cut from the past” exhibition at Danson House, UK. © Danson House/Daniel Extence

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Vivienne Westwood’s “Cut from the past” exhibition at Danson House, UK

Danson House, a completely restored Georgian country villa situated in Bexley, London, serves as the perfect backdrop for a new exhibition that explores the way 18th century art and design has influenced the work of celebrated English designer Vivienne Westwood. Titled “Cut from the past” and organized in conjunction with the Victoria & Albert Museum, the exhibition features some of Westwood’s most innovative designs, including pieces from her “Cut, Slash and Pull” and “Mini Crini” collections, as well iconic designs from the “Seditionaries” collection that she created together with Malcom McLaren back in 1976.

The exhibition offer visitors the chance to discover the inventive way in which Westwood used patterns of the 18th century (the “high point of art and culture” according to her words) in her attempt to create an entirely new silhouette, and also to appreciate the historical research that is hidden behind her designs. Westwood’s obsession with French Rococo painters like François Boucher and Jean Antoine Watteau is reflected in a corset whose print is taken by Bousher’s painting Daphnis and Chloe (Shepherd watching a sleeping shepherdess), as well as in the famous “Watteaugreen silk gown that was inspired by the classic sack-back dresses of the period that frequently appeared in Watteau’s paintings.

“We want visitors to enjoy the experience of looking at couture based on 18th-century patterns in the context of an 18th-century house,” says curator Caroline Worthington. “We are delighted to be working together with the Victoria & Albert Museum for the first time to bring cutting edge design back to Danson House for the 2015 season – just as the original owners, the Boyd family, did in the 18th century,” she continues. “Cut from the past” will remain on view until October 31, 2015, at Danson House, 41 Danson Road, Bexleyheath, UK.