Hollywood Tames the Runway

February 5, 2015 8:48 PM

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Hollywood Tames the Runway

Awaiting a turn on the red carpet here in Vivienne Westwood’s showroom is an oval-patterned silk gown with a demure waist, a figure-hugging skirt and a slightly off-kilter neckline meant to flatter a starlet’s curves.

It came from a runway design, but the original was this gown’s bad-girl twin—nothing demure about it. Called the Sueno, it was a demented Victorian ball gown, with a cockeyed bodice and a rebellious jagged hemline.

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