Vivienne Westwood (1941) is een Britse mode-ontwerpster. Uit: Get a life: the diaries of Vivienne Westwood.
Tues 1 Jan • YVES SAINT LAURENT
Andreas and I went to work. If we are to get our Gold Label show by the end of february, I will have to concentrate on fashion only. Cynthia will have to deal with all the wonderful things that are coming to us and starting to happen around Climate Revolution.
Andreas and I work separately at first when we start a new collection but then we come together to start fixing things. I had suggested that he look to Yves Saint Laurent for inspiration and he is ever more astonished. As a child, Andreas had a deep attraction to fashion and when as a teenager he discovered Saint Laurent, the attraction was transtormed into a passion. I don't believe anyone has ever appreciated Saint Laurent as much. Andreas is an extremely visual person; he is a see-er - seeing, he understands. He is a perfectionist and by experience he knows in advance the effort each undertakmg will cost. It looks easy but it is the most difticult thing in the world.
We are both getting a feeling for the collection. We seem each to have grasped something of the elegance and adventure of the fashion of the Middle Ages from our book of reproductions ot illuminated manuscripts - these illuminations were of course the most profuse arcistic expression of the time. We are excited but we have so far chosen only half the fabrics.