Today I'm going to talk about another designer who is known for taking ideas, inspiration and imagery from history; Vivienne Westwood; 'I am a great believer in copying; there has never been an age in which people have so little respect for the past'. In her ‘Portrait’ collection (Autumn Winter 1990) Westwood took appropriation to another level, wanting the models to appear as if they had just stepped out of a painting, inspired by many hours spend studying art in the Wallace Collection in London. She used the idea of ‘pastiche’ in this collection; not just appropriating images but appropriating styles and shapes from the past, the 18th century particularly, as she has done in many of her collections. Bringing the corset back in to style is one of the most notable things she has done (along with other designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, think of his conical madonna bra adaptation). By being comfortable with a modern zip fastening the corsets in her portrait collection cast off their old representation as a symbol of constriction and restraint, becoming a symbol of female freedom and empowerment.