33 years ago now on Thursday 22nd October 1981 at the Pillar Hall in Olympia, London, Vivienne & Malcolm conducted their second ever fashion show, known afterwards as the ‘Savages’ collection.
Just last week I received a video of the show. Neither I, nor anyone else here at the office had known of the existence of such a video (personal video cameras were new technology at the time. Sony had just released the Betacam system in 1981 with its single camera-recorder unit).
The video comes courtesy of Simon at http://punkpistol-seditionaries.tumblr.com/ & definitely goes to show how good he is at sourcing & archiving early Westwood/McLaren memorabilia (Punkature & Buffalo will be posted soon).
Maybe he can help with something else? I was trying to find a copy of the fashion show invite & all I could get was a black & white copy that Murray had of it.
This invite features an infamous photograph of the band Malcolm was managing at the time, Bow Wow Wow.
Bow Wow Wow’s existence coincided with the first ‘Pirate’ collection & the second ‘Savages’ collection & they were always heavily styled in these clothes. However in the photograph used for the invite & the reason for its infamy Annabella, the lead singer is nude.
Not shot for the invite but as the cover for the single ‘See Jungle! See Jungle Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy’ in 1981, the photograph was a recreation of the Impressionist French artist Manet’s (also controversial) painting ‘Le dejeuner sur l’herbe’ painted in 1863.
Annabella’s mother had put a stop on the photograph’s use alleging ‘exploitation of a minor for immoral purposes’, & had instigated a Scotland Yard investigation as Annabella was only 15 at the time of the photo’s taking. It was only in 1982 that the photograph was cleared & it was then used as the cover photograph of Bow Wow Wow’s album ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ released in May 1982 …..& for the invite.
(I remember that Malcolm had told me that Annabella’s mother was a real pest. The minute her daughter had a chance of fame she wanted some as well. This had happened with Sid Vicious’s mother too. Anyway, one day when Bow Wow Wow were off on a tour of England Annabella’s mum had invited herself along in the tour bus & was sitting in it. Horrified at the prospect of spending all this time with her & with her interfering, Malcolm & the band suddenly ‘remembered’ something they had forgotten & asked the mum if she could go & get it. She did & while she was gone they quickly drove off leaving her behind).