New for the World’s End shop, the Pour Point & the Alien jackets.
Both made in the same brown loden felt (a loosely compacted felt which is thicker than & not as dense as normal felt), both jackets have a similar futuristic feel to them.
The Pour Point Jacket (pour point means ‘quilted’) was first developed in medieval society around the time of the crusades (12thC) as a padded jacket worn underneath plate armour. It was a revolution in tailoring design as it used specially shaped panels sewn together to create a three dimensional garment suitable for the movements of the human body as opposed to the two dimensionally designed other clothes of the period (tabards, etc). The jacket was worn for fighting in, therefore explaining the sleeves starting at the point of the shoulder blades meeting, at the back & similarly starting well in at the front. This enabled the arms to move in all directions without any restriction (pretty useful when using or wielding a sword). The chest tapers forward to fit the shape of the armour breastplate, so shaped as to deflect arrows & blade thrusts.The design was so revolutionary that soon the jacket was being worn without armour. Very fashionable it gave the wearer the glamour of fighting in day to day life.
It still has a futuristic feel to it today having the look of a spacesuit or deep sea diving suit.
The Alien Jacket is futuristic in a different way. Made entirely from rectangular panels (& incidentally using all the fabric when cut with no waste) the jacket gives a lot of bulk with no padding. This jacket is a pure Westwood design made almost as an exercise by Vivienne in how to make something interesting in the simplest way possible.
She feels that this jacket is a generic design & fits into the past as well as the future.
If ever she should do costumes for a Shakespeare play then she would suggest this & in fact it was used for a production of the opera Rigoletto some time ago.
The Pour Point Jacket Loden retails at £720
The Alien Jacket Loden retails at £690