ICONS Photographer, Zenon Texeira explains how the Vivienne Westwood photographs in ICONS came about.
The adventure with Vivienne Westwood began at Centre Court, during the Wimbledon Men’s Final. Vivienne was attending with her husband, Andreas who were seated in the Royal Box.
I had already sweetened the ladies chaperoning the guests in the Royal enclosure earlier that day by photographing them on the camera and in return they were going to usher any special guests our way for a photo. They initially sent up Sir Cliff Richard and Johnny Wilkinson and then they asked if we would be interested in Vivienne Westwood. To say we bit her arm off wouldn’t be far off the truth and within minutes Dame Vivienne with her golden horns entered our humble studio. Both she and her husband fell in love with the camera and the analogue charm of the iconic prints. Immediately questions were asked of how they too could embrace this bygone technology and within no time numbers were exchanged to make something happen.
Three months later we found ourselves in Paris, a day ahead of Vivienne’s show at the Louvre. Her showroom was a hive of activity. Seamstresses working on lavish garments with incredible stones and crystals being sewn in, a wall of shoes hidden behind a clothes rail that had names of models penned on dress covers. Next to this was yet another wall which had polaroids of models next to dresses which was a living, breathing and ever evolving roster of who would wear what and when.