Behind the Curtain

Backstage at Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2014 (PHOTOS)

Kevin Tachman goes behind the scenes at the designer’s spring collection, which showed in Paris this weekend.

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Vivienne Westwood’s spring/summer 2014 collection, which showed in Paris this weekend, was unsurprisingly hairbrained and inventive. The designer, now 72, has become known for her signature wild style—and this collection was no exception. There were gauzy, pastel-colored dresses with raw edges, bags in pirate print, a “sexy nun” look, and even a “disco” outfit made of metallic strips. The designer said the inspiration for the collection was a visit to England’s Canterbury Cathedral, the medieval church. Models wore their hair in high, messy beehives—and makeup was created to look like as if the models’ faces had been splashed with mud. And as always, a few items in the collection paid tribute to Westwood’s cause célèbre, global warming. As the designer described in her show notes: “I’m going to call the show ‘everything is connected’ because that is the main message of the climate revolution and it means that everything each one of us thinks or says or does can make a difference.” See photographer Kevin Tachman’s exclusive images behind the scenes at the show. 

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Models’ hair was made to look like knotted yarn. 

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Makeup was used dramatically to look like models had been sprayed with mud. 


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A model wearing a leather jacket and hotpants approaches the runway. 

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Models’ hair were piled high atop their heads in a kind of beehive. 

 

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Models line up backstage before the show. 


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A model boards the escalator on the runway. 


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The collection had a strong medieval influence. 


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Westwood is known for her wildly creative prints and unconvential styling. 

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The collection featured gauzy dresses in a rich range of pastels, which came paired with big, high-heeled boots.  


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Models entered and exited the runway on giant escalators. 

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Westwood, at center, takes her bow. 

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Westwood, center in the back, poses with models after the show.