Vivienne Westwood

  • Event date 14 – 28 JUN
  • Event location London
Christie’s is honoured to have been entrusted with the sale of Vivienne Westwood: The Personal Collection, which will be offered across a live auction (Part I) on 25 June, with an online sale (Part II) running alongside from 14–28 June. The sale will raise funds for the causes Vivienne supported throughout her life, with proceeds going to support The Vivienne Foundation, Amnesty International, Médecins Sans Frontières and Greenpeace.

Vivienne Westwood: The Personal Collection comprises the personal wardrobe of the late fashion designer and includes some of the most important iconic looks that she created and wore during the last four decades of her life. The wardrobe, which only contains garments, shoes and jewellery by Dame Vivienne Westwood’s eponymously named fashion house, is recognised as historically and culturally significant — the earliest piece coming from the Witches collection for autumn/winter 1983/84. The live auction (Part I) on 25 June will also include THE BIG PICTURE – Vivienne’s Playing Cards: Collect the cards. Connect the cards. In 2017, Dame Vivienne designed a pack of playing cards as ‘A Strategy 2 Save the World’ — a blueprint for the preservation of the planet, infused with her rallying cry, ‘Collect the cards. Connect the cards.’ The prints poignantly shed light on pressing issues facing humankind, such as climate change, social inequality and human rights — concerns that remained at the forefront of Dame Vivienne’s mind. Shortly before she died, she selected ten of her most powerful graphics to be enlarged and set about signing the precious large-scale ‘cards’ on which these designs would be printed posthumously. A project by The Vivienne Foundation, proceeds from the sale of the portfolio will benefit Greenpeace, according to her wishes.

Dame Vivienne Westwood is recognised as one of the most important British fashion designers of all time and, by many, as the most iconic fashion designer of the last quarter of the 20th century. Westwood used her influence to address some of the gravest issues facing humanity today. She established The Vivienne Foundation to partner with NGOs with similar aims: ‘to create a better society and halt climate change’.

Stay tuned as we unveil the contents of the live and online sales in a tribute to one of Britain’s most influential fashion designers and environmental campaigners.

I want you to help me save the world, I can’t do it all on my own
—Dame Vivienne Westwood

Highlights

Vivienne Westwood

‘Dressed to Scale’
Autumn/Winter 1998/99

A corset gown of taupe silk taffeta.

Vivienne Westwood

‘Witches’ Collection
Autumn/Winter 1983 

A two-piece ensemble of navy blue serge.

Vivienne Westwood

‘Propaganda’ Collection
Autumn/Winter 2005/06 

A dress with blue and white striped blouse and printed propaganda modesty panel and apron.

THE BIG PICTURE – Vivienne’s Playing Cards: Collect the cards. Connect the cards.

Dame Vivienne Westwood | Vivienne's Playing Cards

Ten of Clubs

Dame Vivienne Westwood embodying the essence of punk, which surged onto the catwalks and ignited a cultural revolution in fashion.

Dame Vivienne Westwood | Vivienne's Playing Cards

Five of Spades

Dame Vivienne’s graphic representation of NASA’s geothermal map of the planet vividly demonstrating the imminent dangers of climate change.

Dame Vivienne Westwood | Vivienne's Playing Cards

Two of Spades

Dame Vivienne Westwood and her husband Andreas as Adam and Eve in a dystopian paradise, watching in sorrow at the devastation of the planet.

THE BIG PICTURE – Vivienne’s Playing Cards: Collect the cards. Connect the cards.

Merchandise

Vivienne Westwood catalogue

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To celebrate this landmark occasion, a special edition catalogue will be published to accompany the auctions.

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Vivienne Westwood tote bags

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Dame Vivienne Westwood

Exhibition

King Street

London

Location
Christie’s London
8 King St., St. James’s
London, SW1Y 6QT

Viewing
14 – 24 June 2024
Free entry, open to all.

Enquiries

Adrian Hume Sayer

Adrian Hume-Sayer

Head of Sale, Director, Specialist

Private & Iconic Collections

A Director of the Private Collections and Country House Sales department, Adrian specialises in furniture and works of art. Since joining the department in 2010 Adrian has been responsible for a number of notable collection sales including: Harewood, Collecting in the Royal Tradition, The Collection of Professor Sir Albert Richardson, and Works of Art from the Collection of the Marquesses of Londonderry as well as orchestrating the sales of the personal collections of Margaret Thatcher and Audrey Hepburn. Training as an auctioneer at the age of twenty-one, Adrian initially worked at Tennant’s Auctioneers in his native North Yorkshire before moving to Bonham’s in 2003 and joining Christie’s in 2009. With a particularly strong interest in all types of English furniture and works of art, Adrian sits on the Council of the Furniture History Society as well as on the Selection Committee for the Attingham Summer School. Adrian also has a strong interest in Architectural history.
Murray Macaulay

Murray Macaulay

Head of Department

Prints & Multiples

With almost two decades experience as a Print Specialist at Christie’s, Murray is a seasoned expert with an expansive knowledge of his field and of the print market. Murray qualified with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhodes University, South Africa, where he trained as a printmaker, before joining Christie’s in 2000 as Head of Prints at Christie’s South Kensington. Murray moved to King Street in 2008, where he co-ordinated several record-breaking sales, including Contemporary Editions: Works from the Paragon Press (2008), Hockney on Paper (2012) and James Ensor Prints: The Mira Jacob Collection (2014). Of the many wonderful prints which have passed through his hands, some of Murray’s highlights include Albrecht Dürer’s Samson Rending the Lion (sold for £434,500 in 2015), Rembrandt’s The Three Trees (sold for £434,500 in 2013), Edward Wadsworth’s Turret ship in dry dock (sold for £114,000 in 2006), Picasso’s Buste de femme d’après Cranach de Jeune £410,500 in 2014) and David Hockney’s Fish and Chip Shop (sold for £18,750 in 2017). Before becoming Head of Department in London in 2016, Murray was the director of Multiplied, a fair hosted by Christie’s devoted to contemporary editions (2010 -2015). Murray travels widely in Europe with a special focus on France, Holland, Spain and Switzerland.
Clementine Swallow

Clementine Swallow

Cataloguer and Sale Coordinator

Private & Iconic Collections

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