THE FAMILY TREE
The family tree starts with the marriage of GAIA the Earth Mother and Science. They have two children so we have two branches.
The child of the right hand branch is Quantity and it’s what happens when Progress marries Quantity. They produce unlimited Profit and unlimited Consumption and lead to disaster. This is our world.
The left hand branch is a parallel world. It doesn’t yet exist but it could if we had respect for Science. Its first child is Quality who marries Stability, and this, I believe, leads to true Progress and quality of life. The most important child of this branch is Hierarchy of Values, whose pinnacle of Achievement is Art, which gives culture and ethics and structure- instead of today’s free for- all and chaos. That is why the Art lover is a Freedom Fighter for a better world.
The World Family Tree will be printed on T-shirts and bags.
The collection has three main influences : China, because their traditional wisdom and experience from a culture going back to Confucius may help to save the planet; the desert because of climate change; and 17th century corsets.
"There is a blow-up oversize jacket called the Mao jacket and I have always loved the Mao cap, though I hate violent revolution. Perhaps our love of uniforms comes from a wish to look alike, be part of a group – and maybe a group not happy with the status quo." explains Vivienne Westwood.
The desert inspired Vivienne to look at the Berbers with their burnous and the Tuaregs with their layers and their sunlight blue. There is a lot of black, indigo and copper fabric plus whites. Dresses are long.
How do you like this part of the collection? What do you think about the family tree?