The Puppet Shirt

Puppet-shirt Ray-Noir Paul-Klee Vivienne-Westwood

From last October’s AW17/18 catwalk collection comes the Puppet Shirt.
This name comes from the print design, which is a collage made from a photograph of a collection of puppets made by the Swiss-German abstract artist Paul Klee (1879-1940) for his son Felix.
Eight puppets (based on the German equivalent of Punch & Judy) were made for his ninth birthday in 1916 & Felix liked them so much that Paul carried on making them, producing around 50 by the year 1925.

Paul-Klee puppets 1916

Added to these, on the print are also several photos of Vivienne, taken by Jeurgen Teller in which she has pulled faces to represent different emotions (these were taken for the playing card project which she has been working on).
The shirt itself is known as the Frans Hals shirt, after the Dutch artist (1580-1666) & has been used many times since its first appearance in the catwalk show ‘Always on Camera’ AW92/93.
This name was given due to the shirts extra-long & pointy collar which reflects the fashions in Holland at the time.


A nice thing about this collar is that it can be played with & worn in different ways.
Ray Noir, modelling this new incarnation has rolled up the collar & tied the ends into a knot, but it can also be styled with a knot (or knots) in each side & also, of course just hanging free.


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