18th Century Muse

18th Century Muse

A new exhibition explores the inspiration behind Vivienne Westwood’s legendary designs

It isn’t the first time that British designer, Dame and eco activist Vivienne Westwood has had an entire exhibition dedicated to her genius, but Vivienne Westwood: Cut From The Past brings together a number of her breathtaking designs for the first time in the sumptuous setting of Danson House. This grandly restored Georgian villa proves the perfect backdrop for showcasing Westwood’s early works, many of which were inspired by the 18th century. Dame Vivienne herself has credited the period, saying ‘The 18th century is the high point of art and culture’.

The display brings together pieces from the Victoria & Albert Museum as well as private owners and features some iconic designs from the ‘Cut, Slash and Pull’ and ‘Mini-crini’ collections, as well as the Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood ‘Seditionaries’ collection.



  • Photography: Bexley Heritage Trust / Danston House

  • Words: Reema Kibreab