Outfit: Mini Crini – a little piece of Vivienne Westwood history

Wearing: original Vivienne Westwood Mini-Crini collection jacket 1985, Anglomania Crini skirt, Gold Label A/W2011 Jumper, VW bag, necklace, shoes. Thanks to Florrie for taking my photo’s.

I’ve wanted to share this blazer with you for such a long time. The first time I saw it, well perhaps not this exact one, was at the Vivienne Westwood Exhibition in Sheffield in 2008. There was of course many a fabulous thing at that exhibition, but this one blazer haunted me. When you see the clothes in photo’s and even in videos, it is never the same as seeing them in real life. It just doesn’t have the same impact. I don’t know why this jacket spoke to me the way it did, it is very simple for Westwood. All I hoped for was maybe one day they would do a reproduction on the Red Label, never in my dreams did I ever think I would own an original. But there you go stalking auctions sometimes pay off! I would absolutely love an original Crini to go with it, I’ve seen a few come up for auction so one day I might get one, you never know! The Crini I am wearing here is an Anglomania reproduction, they have done them again this season in black and also in a pretty abstract floral print which is cute. The Crini, based on Victorian Crinoline’s, first graced Westwood’s runway in 1985 for the spring/ summer ‘Mini Crini’ collection (see below), it also made an appearance in the popular autumn/ winter 1987 ‘Harris Tweed’ collection. The first collection saw the Crini in bright printed┬á cotton, stars, stripes and polka-dots. Harris Tweed brought us the Crini in rich velvets and delicate lace (Second row, right). The quirky skirts fit perfectly tucked under the cropped blazers and even giving lift to floating dresses when huddled beneath. Worn with bow topped crepe soled creepers or┬á wooden soled ‘Rocking Horse’ shoes, the whole look is pure whimsy and I just love it!

(Runway and editorial images courtesy of Vivienne Westwood; all other images copyright to Fashion Pearls of Wisdom)

10 thoughts on “Outfit: Mini Crini – a little piece of Vivienne Westwood history

  1. Great post, Pearl!
    Love the photos…the wonderful Ms Sara Stockbridge!
    But, heck, girl- those photos of you knock spots off the runway girls. You look fab-u-lous!!
    Z xx

  2. LOVING everything about this look- skirt, jacket, bag… everything. I have recently become addicted to finding pre-owned VW on EBay, it could become a dangerous addiction!! Her look is so timeless, perfect for combining vintage items with new.

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