A Collector’s Story: A Private Collection of Vivienne Westwood

10am - 5pm

The Bowes Museum

Discover a snapshot of the late Vivienne Westwood’s career through the eyes of collector Peter Smithson.

Peter has collected Westwood clothing and accessories for more than 25 years, focusing on Mini-Crini (1986) to Storm in a Teacup (1996/7). Westwood was inspired by art, fashion, culture and social history. This capsule display features items from the Museum’s collection that echo and contextualise the historical references in Westwood’s work, allowing visitors to examine materials and techniques.

The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between The Bowes Museum and private collector Peter Smithson. It is not an institutional partnership with Vivienne Westwood Limited.

Newgate Barnard Castle DL12 8NP

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22 July 2023—4 February 2024


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