Vivienne Westwood AW1991 "Swarm of Cupids" Shirt

Vivienne Westwood AW1991 "Swarm of Cupids" Shirt


Vivienne Westwood stands alone in the nexus between pop culture and fashion — her finest works rendered inextricable from the legendary punks which donned them. Initially drawn to the movement by its shock and subversion, her store King’s Road (later renamed SEX, and then Seditionaries) became the most crucial author of the movement’s visual language . Though as Westwood’s career has progressed, she has became more firmly entrenched in the mainstream, (receiving British Fashion Designer of the Year three times) she has remained a designer for whom the political and social message behind her clothing is often as important as the garments themselves, and has released capsule collections aimed at calling attention to nuclear weapons, climate change, and numerous other social causes.

Ever wise to the pulse of the young generation, Vivienne drew inspiration in the late '80s and early ’90s from a niche of women she dubbed “Tatler girls,” (in reference to the popular UK magazine, Tatler) who borrowed in jest from the upper-class's style of dress. Keeping within this theme, she released a series of tops, denim jackets, and pants which featured elaborate, all-over prints utilizing fine art and other signifiers of elite financial status. This tops displays work from artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard, a late-18th century painter typically associated with the Rococo movement. It depicts details from his oil painting “The Swarm of Cupids” (c. 1765-1767), and is a cut with a wide fit that was once synonymous with the upper class, as it implied an ability to afford excess fabric.

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws.

Tagged size: No tagged size, fits S. Women’s sizing - see measurements for reference.

Shoulder: 24in

Pit to pit: 29in

Length: 26.5in

Sleeve: 20in

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