Christie’s announce auction of Vivienne Westwood’s personal wardrobe for charity

NEARLY two years from her passing, Christie’s announces the sale of the wardrobe of British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood to raise money for causes close to the activist’s heart.

Recognised not only for her trailblazing touch in fashion, but also for her impact across environmental and political issues, her husband and the creative director of her eponymous brand, Andreas Kronthaler has handpicked some of her most treasured looks to be sold across two auctions: a live sale on 25 June, and an online auction that will be live from 14-28 June 2024.

Vivienne Westwood Left to Right: Propaganda AW2005, Dressed to Scale AW1998, Witches AW1983. Courtesy of CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2024 

Speaking on the sale, Adrian Hume, Director of Private and Iconic Collections at Christie, stated: “Vivienne Westwood’s sense of activism, art and style is embedded in each and every piece that she created. The pre-sale exhibition and auctions at Christie’s will celebrate her extraordinary vision with a selection of looks that mark significant moments not only in her career, but also in her personal life”.

Vivienne Westwood Dressed to Scale AW1998. Courtesy of CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2024 ch

With over 200 lots across the two auctions, each of the pieces signifies a moment in her career, beginning with looks that date back to the Autumn-Winter 1983 collection and spanning through to her end.

The profits of Westwood’s personal belongings will be donated to The Vivienne Foundation, Médecins Sans Frontières, Amnesty International and THE BIG PICTURE – a project that will benefit Greenpeace.

by Imogen Clark