Mar. 03 - British designer Vivienne Westwood's latest collection, full of colour and rich embroidery, is inspired by the Dark Ages and the cultural exchanges that occurred between Europe and the Arab world during the Crusades.
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) British designer Vivienne Westwood revealed a colourful, ethnic and historically-inspired collection on Saturday (March 2) for Paris Fashion Week inside the modern art museum Palais Tokyo. The designs made numerous references to medieval Europe and the cross-cultural exchanges that occurred between Europe and the Arab world as a result of the Crusades. Although she is now 71, Westwood still presides over British fashion nearly four decades after entering the industry, heading a multi-million pound empire known for its rebellious, tongue-in-cheek approach. Paris is the final leg of the international Fashion Week whirlwind, following New York, London and Milan and runs from February 26 to March 6.