Vivienne Westwood Made-To-Order and Couture Bridal 2023

By Shayna Seid

The first Vivienne Westwood bridal outing released after the iconic designer’s passing is one-part made-to-order and second-part couture that draw inspiration from the cosmos. Produced under Creative Director Andreas Kronthaler, by head of Bridal and Couture, Brigitte Stepputtis, the signature Westwood aesthetics are strong and can be seen here as clear as the night sky. Ethereal trains, sweeping capes, and flashes of iridescent metallics shine, while pearl and sequin embellishments, gravity-defying satins, and more give the season an astral luminosity.

Jewel tones makes a splash on the made-to-order front. The tightly-edited lineup of 12 transformative looks each standout all on their own—ideal for future brides-to-be looking to make a statement with each outfit change who dare to be different, in a stylish homage to the departed iconoclast designer herself.  The Galaxy Cape look will make a dramatic entrance and and exit, thanks to a removable Watteau back that encircles the strapless column in a futuristic sweep of georgette. Meanwhile, the Comet mini offers an asymmetric cascading train, which can be bustled, worn draped over the shoulders, and belted for a waist-snatching effect to create the ultimate after-party dress in a chinch.

As sustainability is a core principle of the brand—Vivienne famously founded The Vivienne Foundation to create a better society and halt climate change—lower-impact fabric options are aplenty and include tulle, sequins, lace, and taffeta certified as recycled and an Forest Stewardship Council-certified viscose (from a responsibly managed forest) and acetate crepe satin, georgette, and stretch satin. The made-to-order collection is entirely created and hand-crafted locally in England and available at all Vivienne Westwood boutiques in London, Paris, Milan, New York, and Los Angeles.

Made-To-Order Bridal 2023

The nine couture gowns are true works of art, each with its own celestial reference. The opening look, the Angelica mini was the finale number from the Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood Fall 2023 show that Vivienne’s own granddaughter, Cora Corré, famously wore down the runway. The corseted Interstellar column is a true statement piece with a sweetheart neckline and matching full-length gloves in a striking metallic silver lace, which orbits the silhouette then flows down to a dramatic four-meter Watteau train. The ultra-feminine corseted looks accentuate the female form with demure yet dramatic sleeves. Carrying on Vivienne’s iconic legacy and doing so in a wedding dress is an honor that future brides-to-be can look forward to with these new collections.

Each look can be made-to-measure in the Vivienne Westwood London atelier.

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