Vivienne Westwood and Anglomania at the Met!
Secrets, hidden in my story of Vivienne Westwood and museum culture, have been picked up by the New York Times! Such fun. Suzy Menkes, the most important Fashion commentator in the world, who agreed to answer questions when we once met, at the V&A, writes magnificently on the passionate liaison of Art and Fashion in galleries across the globe.
Saying, ‘The explosion of museum exhibitions is only a mirror image of what has happened to fashion itself this millennium. With the force of technology, instant images and global participation, fashion has developed from being a passion for a few to a fascination — and an entertainment — for everybody, ‘ she picks up what ‘FASHION MEDIA PROMOTION the new black magic‘ is about. It’s wonderful to know that someone, like Suzy Menkes, can feel as I do about Fashion and the people who work in it.
‘FASHION MEDIA PROMOTION the new black magic’ is about the promotion of Fashion and the collision of Art and Commerce in the service of Fashion.
It is also about how Vivienne Westwood’s association with the anarchist McLaren confuses critics, and her training, which was not in a fashionable Art school, gave the Fashion establishment an opportunity to see her as an outsider, until she was discovered by ‘Vogue.’
Of course, the merging of Art and Fashion in galleries, visited by millions, is zeitgeist. Suzy Menkes may not have seen my book, but I can dream, can’t I? Perhaps I’d know for sure, if I’d taken up her offer and sent her that email!
Left: Vivienne Westwood and Anglomania at the Met!