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  • Writer's pictureFrancesco Lo Iacono


Updated: Aug 10, 2021

"My job as an activist is to demolish the narrative. I'm taking the opportunity of London Fashion Week to defend human rights and free speech."

It's with great excitement that I stepped into the Serpentine Gallery to attend "True Punk" a presentation/exhibition where Vivienne Westwood introduced her Autumn/Winter 2020 collection.

Those who have been following me for a while should know that I am a huge fan of Westwood's work, she was and is a great inspiration to me, from her early designs to her latest environmental, social and political commitment.

Attending and sketching during one of her shows was a great honour and pleasure for me.

Inside the Serpentine Gallery, Vivienne Westwood's artwork was presented, culminating with a structural installation entitled, "WikiLeaks". The presentation is indeed conceived as a protest, asking for freedom of Julian Assange, who is currently in Belmarsh prison awaiting his four-day trial starting 24th February 2020.

The new Vivienne Westwood collection mixes English tailoring with designs from the archive, reshaped to fit the modern aesthetic. For Dame Westwood, British heritage also means Harris Tweed, now reinvented in new shades of brown and purple.

Sustainability has always been at the core of the brand, now more than ever it's pivotal for the development of the new collection, reducing any production waste with new cutting techniques, eco-conscious fabrics and recycling elements from previous collections.

These sketches, created during the presentation, are part of my London Fashion Week AW20 live illustrated coverage for L'Officiel Italia.

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