Vivienne Fine Porcelain Plate

$80.00 $105.00

Colour

Exquisite, timeless and restorative: exactly what you can expect from Markian.

Glazed inside and unglazed outside, Vivienne is a feast for the senses.

About the Collaboration

Julie Smeros is an Australian artist living and working in Brisbane.

With training in both photography and ceramics, Smeros works principally with clay. Interested in the experience of the first generation Greek Australian, Smeros’ vessel forms invite the known or learnt memory with evocations of the ancient vessel.

Materials & Care

100% Porcelain.

Use a non-abrasive cleaning tool such as a soft-bristled brush or a dishcloth to wash. Use mild soaps and detergents. Don’t freeze. Keep it out of the oven and away from direct flame. Avoid really hot water.

Dimensions

220mm diameter x 40mm

Namesake

“Intelligence is composed mostly of imagination, insight, things that have nothing to do with reason.” - Vivienne Westwood

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood DBE RDI is an English fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream. Westwood came to public notice when she made clothes for her and Malcolm McLaren's boutique in the King's Road, which became known as SEX.

Westwood was born in the village of Tintwistle, High Peak, Derbyshire, on 8 April 1941, as the daughter of Gordon Swire and Dora Swire (née Ball), who had married two years previously, two weeks after the outbreak of World War II.

Westwood was one of the architects of the punk fashion phenomenon of the 1970s, saying "I was messianic about punk, seeing if one could put a spoke in the system in some way".The store that she co-managed with McLaren, SEX, was a meeting place for early members of the London punk scene. Westwood also inspired the style of punk icons, such as Viv Albertine, who wrote in her memoir, "Vivienne and Malcolm use clothes to shock, irritate and provoke a reaction but also to inspire change. Mohair jumpers, knitted on big needles, so loosely that you can see all the way through them, T-shirts slashed and written on by hand, seams and labels on the outside, showing the construction of the piece; these attitudes are reflected in the music we make. It's OK to not be perfect, to show the workings of your life and your mind in your songs and your clothes."

Westwood's designs were independent and represented a statement of her own values. She collaborated on occasions with Gary Ness, who assisted Westwood with inspirations and titles for her collections. The Dame of the British Empire revolutionised what is deemed appropriate to wear in public. Indeed, it was she who first introduced bondage trousers and other aspects of BDSM, along with safety pins and chains to the fashion mainstream. Her use of 17th and 18th century cutting techniques, especially the radical cutting lines she developed for men’s trousers, continue to be used and emulated today.

An activist by conscience, Westwood often litters her designs with slogans and other political calls to action, though they are no less beautiful for it. Westwood’s primary political concerns have shifted over the years; she is now predominately an activist for climate change, nuclear disarmament, and civil rights, especially that of freedom of speech. Westwood is also a noted author or co-author of books, such as Fashion in art: The Second Empire and Impressionism, in which she explores the worlds of fashion and arts and links between the two worlds.