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Margot Robbie Plundered the Vivienne Westwood Archive for a Glittering ‘Pirate’ Gown

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Here's some non–Fashion Week news! Margot Robbie wears Westwood again!

Following the custom interpretation of “Enchanted Evening” Barbie that Andreas Kronthaler’s atelier whipped up for the actor in July, the designer invited Barbie herself into the archives to pick a look worthy of…wait for it…Surfers Paradise. To make a splash at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, Robbie chose a glittering remake of a silver corseted gown from Vivienne Westwood’s spring-summer 1998 collection.

While much will be made of the shimmering comparisons between Margot Robbie’s throwback look and disco ball Barbie, surely we can put the endless bubblegum doll comparisons to bed. For Andrew Mukamal’s sanity at least.

We imagine the stylist, who has fashioned a book of all his Barbie-movie references, was simply captivated by Westwood’s Tied to the Mast ’98 edit, and the direct references it made to the provocateur of punk’s legendary debut Pirate presentation in 1981, which Westwood later said was the real beginning of her career as a fashion designer.

Surfer-girl chic meets pirate cool?

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Surfer-girl chic meets pirate cool?
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Worn by models, including Helena Christensen, decked out in eye patches and hats pieced together with maps, the edit of sun-bleached and salt-stained eveningwear evoked Westwood’s ability to stitch the avant-garde and countercultural with the wildly romantic. That sizzling high-shine gown looked all the more arresting for its piratical accoutrements. “The phrase that is always in my mind is ‘never before seen,’” Westwood once said of her process—a statement that will resonate with any celebrity dresser jostling for standout pieces in which to weather the storm of awards season.

That original Vivienne Westwood spring-summer 1998 look in action on the runway.

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That original Vivienne Westwood spring-summer 1998 look in action on the runway.
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This article was originally published by British Vogue.


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