“I always complain that our house is full of dresses, but it’s not like this,” Sir Denis Thatcher said last week at the opening of the Museum of London’s exhibition of Vivienne Westwood designs from the collection of Lady Romilly McAlpine.
McAlpine started buying Westwood’s work in 1987 and now has about 150 Westwood numbers in her collection of 1,500 pieces.
“It took people a long time to realize the quality of her work,” she said as Robin and Rupert Hambro, Nicky Haslam, Stephen Jones, Bruce Oldfield and artist Tracey Emin — who modeled at Westwood’s show in Paris in March — scrutinized the clothes on display.
As the designer praised the expert presentation of her work, guests eager to chat about their Westwoods, old and new, swarmed about her.
Not all of her fans got the look right. Westwood had to show cellist Soujala Devaris, who has owned her dress for three years, the right way to wear the lace jacket that went with it.