Kate Moss topless in a miniskirt wearing a Magnum bar on the runway, Naomi Campbell’s infamous tumble, and Linda Evangelista in a bejeweled Queen of Sheba dress (later worn by Lil Kim) are but three of the unforgettable catwalk moments given to us by the late Vivienne Westwood.
You’ll find many more of our favorites here, pulled from the Vogue Runway archive. There’s a lot of plaid, of course, and argyle, not to mention corsets, bustles, and bows. Westwood always had a passion for historical dress, adopting it as an expression of beauty while simultaneously using it for social commentary, questioning ideals of femininity or of gender through exaggerated silhouettes. The female dandy was a recurring trope in Westwood’s work, which at heart, was a consideration of Englishness.