Vivienne Westwood Spring-Summer 2024: 'But thy eternal summer shall not fade'

William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Photo: Courtesy of Vivienne Westwood

For some time we wanted to photograph in Shakespeare's Globe and we are very happy to have made it work this season. Around COP26, Vivienne performed her speech for Letters to the Earth there - a global campaign in response to planetary crisis.

The theatre is a very important, free space which needs to be protected because this is where ideas can and should be represented uncensored. There is something very playful about the pictures and it is shown through the characters photographed. It is always with Shakespear and acting in mind. As today, there is a crossover of genders which was very common in Shakespeare's time. Everybody is who they want to be.

The collection shows the impact of time in tapestry fabrics which are cut and frayed, knitwear and poplin that is daubed with pigment, classical prints and distressed leather.

Pablo Picasso's designs for the 1920 ballet Le Tricorne inspire cartoon spots and zig zag stripes. Denim, tailoring, knitwear and accessories are deliberately washed and worn.

Hollywood 1920s costume designs and the confidence of 1980s power dressing are combined with a modern approach to sportswear. Business shirts are blown-up, exaggerated, and twisted, worn with acid green madras tartan, which drips down bags.

A painterly mood is seen in sky blue jacquards, inthe kiss of Hercules and Omphale, 1932 (Francois Boucher, 1703-70) and folkloric painted flowers.

Returning to the central tenet of Sonnet 18 - everlasting love, a memory that lives on and inspires the future.

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The Vivienne Westwood Spring-Summer 2024 Collection - ‘But thy eternal summer shall not fade’


Photographer: Pablo Colaiocco

Art Direction & Stylist: Sabina Schreder

Makeup Artist: Porsche Poon at Artlist Paris New York

Hair Stylist: Blake Henderson at CLM Agency

Nail Artist: Nadia Blanco

Casting Director: Isabel Bush at Concrete Limited

Video Director: Holly Blakey at Box Artist Management

DOP: Ailsa Aikoa

Editor: Selasi Ayettey

Models: Miguel Adrover

Irina Pantaeva

Lux Gillespie at Kate Moss Agency

Vincent Rockins at Kate Moss Agency

Sonya at Storm Models

Kasper Kapica at Storm Models

Tabitha at Anti Agency

Ajak at Premier Models

Laura at Elite Models

Milla at Anti Agency

Lu Yan at Mandp Models

Zane at Present Model Management

Aaliyah at IMM Models

Rentaro at W Model Mgmt

Nathaniel Coe

Dillon McCarney

Locations: Shakespeare's Globe, Alva Coachworks

Art on Display in Shakespeare's Globe: Pete Le May