THE SCOOP: Vivienne for Vienna

Ballet! Drama! Fashion! Punk?


Catching on the punk fever the fashion world has been reeling from, ballet dancers adorned costumes curated and designed by Vivienne Westwood during their performance at the intermission of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year’s concert on Wednesday, 1st January 2014.

A dramatic collaboration best describes this association between the perennially punkish designer, Vivienne Westwood, and one of the world’s top ballet companies, Vienna State Ballet.

So should we think tartan tutus and argyle tights? Well, it is ballet! The cherry-picked looks featured more subtle and romantic pieces from the Vivienne Westwood opus.

Adding the Vivienne Westwood brand of punk to the costumes, the designer took inspiration from the traditional Scottish tartan (with some notes from her now-legendary 1993-94 "Anglomania" collection), and decked out the dancers in tartan kilts and plaid leg warmers, custom made for the Polka segment of the intermission ballet.


Also during the intermission, a film of the ballet company performing at Vienna's Palais Liechtenstein was shown. The video showcased more of Vivienne Westwood's designs, designs that were inspired by the stunning Palace, as Dame Westwood re-imagined balls of bygone eras, where elaborately outfitted, beautiful couples would waltz in the rococo ballroom.

Looks like this New Year is already bringing out the best in Fashion!

Psst! The 2015 New Year's Concert will be conducted by India's Zubin Mehta, who will be taking up the baton for the fifth time!


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