Paris Fashion Week: Vivienne Westwood F/W 2013

The rich fabrics and draped silks brought to Europe by the medieval crusaders inspired Vivienne Westwood's autumn-winter 2013-14 tour de force. Draped feminine silk silhouettes accompanied some sublime silk-wool jacquards with medieval images of birds, flowers and strawberries; as well as capes and puffed Juliette sleeves. "I have a book of reproduced medieval illuminated manuscripts," explained Westwood backstage. Patterns such as rings, polka dots, interrupted lines and squares were aimed to evoke the decorative patterns on the handmade manuscript borders. But perennial eccentric Westwood, who turns 72-years-old next month, loves mixing up her eras.

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