Shooting the look for the Vivienne Westwood stamp
Ok so stamp collecting in not generally seen as the coolest thing these day, but I think you will be more than a little excited about these. Royal Mail have created a series of stamps featuring British fashion legends:
Hardy Amies, Norman Hartnell, Granny Takes a Trip, Ossie Clark, Tommy Nutter, Jean Muir, Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen
Shot by renowned fashion photographer S├©lve Sundsb├© the stamps go on sale today, you can view and purchase the full collection and special editions online at Royal Mail.
Each stamp includes prime examples of the ten designersÔÇÖ work, these include Tommy NutterÔÇÖs suit for Beatle Ringo Starr, which was recreated especially for the shoot, and Vivienne WestwoodÔÇÖs 1993 Harlequin dress.
When shooting the outfits that appear on the stamps S├©lve Sundsb├© worked with live models, but did not use their facial features, to allow the designs to speak for themselves. The shoot lasted two days, and relied on the use of the actual original clothes ÔÇô either obtained directly from the designers or meticulously sourced from specialist vintage fashion stores.
The idea for the stamp issue came from the British Design Classics stamps of 2009, which featured Mary QuantÔÇÖs iconic mini skirt. This proved to be one of the most popular of the ten stamps featured in the issue, prompting the decision to dedicate an entire issue to our world-class designers
As you all know I’m utterly obsessed with Vivienne Westwood and got far too over excited when I found out about the stamps. But it gets better!!!! The Royal Mail Facebook app has a competition you can enter to win a VIVIENNE WESTWOOD HANDBAG!! What an amazing prize, so brush up on your fashion knowledge and get over there to enter.