Back in the halcyon days of 70s London, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren set up Let It Rock, the first version of what would eventually become Worlds End. The emporium slash experimental playground offered Westwood's first designs to the world, long before she became Dame Vivienne. Now Opening Ceremony has teamed up with the designer to revive her groundbreaking Worlds End pieces in a new capsule collection.
Some of the now-iconic designs made available include the baggy, high-waisted trousers from Westwood's 1981 Pirate show and the tongue trainer from the Witches show in 1983 – which has been dubbed the first time sneakers were glimpsed on the catwalk. Many of the garments are archive Worlds End pieces that were dusted off and made anew, thanks to Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.
"When we started to do punk, we put all of these things together to create the look of an urban guerrilla — a rebel," Westwood explained. "It was a creation that evolved through our shop. When we started to do punk, I think it was the first time people saw clothes like ours, and they could buy them from our little shop."
"My love for Dame Vivienne Westwood and her creative legacy has truly been a life-long affair," Leon said in a statement. "In particular, her impact and relevance extend beyond fashion and into all the cultures that Opening Ceremony also embraces: from music, film, and art, to politics, civil rights, and environmental causes... This reissue has never been done before, and we could not be more excited to share our favorites from Vivienne's work with a new generation."
Watch Dame Viv talk about punk in our exclusive documentary below: