Vivienne Westwood - Vivienne Westwood's Diamond Jubilee Collection
Dame Vivienne Westwood has created a new capsule collection of gowns inspired by Britain's Queen Elizabeth.
Dame Vivienne Westwood has created a new capsule collection to mark Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.
The fashion designer's latest offering, the Red Carpet Capsule Collection, has been inspired by gowns the monarch - who is celebrating her 60th year on the throne this year - has previously worn.
Vivienne - who met the queen in 1992 when she was honoured with an OBE - has also paid homage to the iconic British flag, the Union Jack, in her latest creations.
But instead of using the traditional blue, white and red colour scheme of the iconic symbol, the designer has opted for a gold, silver and bronze style for her collection, which features corseted gowns created with silk satins, organza crepe and taffeta, as well as draped cocktail dresses.
Vivienne's latest pieces, which also include jewelled earrings, will be available from the end of May 2012.
She explained: ''My clothes allow you to project your personality, and are quite theatrical in the sense that they are real clothes, well-designed, and they give you a chance to express yourself.
''They are also inviting people to respond to them and want to come and talk to you. You have a much more interesting life if you wear impressive clothes.''