Theatre designer Tim Hatley has been appointed to design an exhibition of Vivienne Westwood’s clothes, based on the collection of Lady Romilly McAlpine.
The 12-week exhibition is scheduled to open at the Museum of London in the Barbican Centre on 7 April.
The designer, winner of the 1999 Evening Standard award for theatre design, was selected from a shortlist by a panel including design historian and exhibition curator Catherine McDermott, Museum of London head of design Moira Gemill and Lady McAlpine.
The wife of former Conservative Party treasurer Lord McAlpine, Lady McAlpine has built up a large collection of Westwood clothes since 1990, when she began wearing the designer’s creations to public events.
The exhibition will examine the relationship between couturier and client, and specifically the way Lady McAlpine has made the clothes “work” for her.
“It’s the first UK exhibition solely of Vivienne Westwood, which is quite extraordinary,” says McDermott.
“There will be about 35 outfits, plus accessories including shoes and scarves worn by Lady McAlpine during the 1990s. It’s an interesting partnership of two very different women,” she adds.