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FKA Twigs Reveals Her Dream-Worthy Collection of Vivienne Westwood Corsets in Her New Zine

Rachel Hahn

Central London’s Hertford House, once a high society London family residence in the 18th century, is now home to the Wallace Collection. It’s an impressive display of ornate paintings, medieval works of art, and royal armor that’s free and open to the public. If you’ve ever walked into the stately home, you might have gotten the chance to view Chinese gold wine cups embellished with pearls and kingfisher feathers or take in the baroque, soft landscapes of the Flemish countryside dotted with peasants and milkmaids masterfully painted by Peter Paul Rubens.

It’s not hard to imagine how one might get inspired looking at baroque pieces of art in such a grand setting, and if you know your fashion history, you probably know that Vivienne Westwood’s Fall 1990 Portrait collection draws direct influence from the works of art found in the Wallace Collection. Now, though, FKA Twigs is paying tribute to Westwood while bending the romantic space to her own will in the latest issue of her digital zine Avantgarden. After releasing an intimate video yesterday that found Twigs, dressed in a gold-foil embroidered Westwood jacket, tights, and a headscarf, sitting at a piano and performing a live version of her new song “Cellophane,” she’s just followed it up with a series of images (shot by Roxy Lee) that show her posing in the gilded museum in Westwood pieces from her very own collection.

Photo: Roxy Lee

As Twigs’s stylist Matthew Josephs explains, he and Twigs have been longtime fans of Westwood and her Wallace Collection–inspired pieces in particular. For her Fall 1990 collection, Westwood reproduced close-up photographic prints of rococo painter François Boucher’s Shepherd Watching a Sleeping Shepherdess, which hangs on the gallery walls, right onto her boned corsets, including languid shots of a sleeping maiden and sheep with bows tied around their necks. She also took the mythological imagery from the gallery’s Boulle toilet mirror and rendered magical beasts in gold-foil onto velvet.

When Twigs wore one of these Boucher corsets to Sundance earlier this year, it blew up on her Instagram, as Josephs describes, so they wanted to take things even further. “The Wallace Collection is one of my favorite places—I’ve been coming here since studying fashion at Central Saint Martins for inspiration—and I thought there wasn’t a better place to fuse the two together,” Josephs says. “The Westwood and the Wallace Collection are so romantic and really complement the music.”

Photo: Roxy Lee

Josephs and Twigs borrowed some pieces from vintage collector and London shop owner Steven Philip, but they also pulled from the artists’ own archive of carefully curated pieces. Twigs began collecting Westwood pieces when she was just a teenager, starting with earrings and handbags, and over time she’s accumulated some of the more coveted pieces (like that romantic Boucher corset). “I think the Britishness of it all is what draws her to it,” Josephs says of Twigs’s fascination with Westwood. “And its sexiness,” he adds.

Twigs manages to hit all of these historical and sultry notes with these new Avantgarden images. Cinched in such highly coveted corsets with pearls on her neck, Twigs is a Wallace Collection–worthy work of art herself.

Photo: Roxy Lee
Photo: Roxy Lee
Photo: Roxy Lee
Photo: Roxy Lee
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Originally Appeared on Vogue