Over the years tartan has become synonymous with the Vivienne Westwood name, conjuring up images of vibrant plaid suits, classic tartan accessories, and Vivienne’s very own clan; the McAndreas.
Famed for her love of traditional British fabrics, Vivienne’s use of tartan in particular exploded onto the catwalk with the Autumn/Winter 1993/94 collection, Anglomania.
This iconic collection saw supermodels Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss hit the red-carpeted runway sporting one tartan creation after another.
The show in which Naomi famously toppled off her 10-inch blue mock-croc platforms (wearing a tartan kilt) and when the McAndreas tartan - named after Vivienne’s husband, Andreas Kronthaler - debuted, it was a celebration of the traditional checked fabric.
Since then, tartan has played an important role in Vivienne Westwood collections, and Vivienne is renowned for re-inventing the use of this traditional fabric, modernising it and making it feel current in every collection.
This season, our Red Label collection uses a classic woven red tartan on coats, trousers, skirts and dresses as well as on the popular ‘Love’ jacket.
Over twenty years has passed since that 1993 Anglomania show, and the tartan appeal shows no signs of slowing down.