You can judge this book by its covers - all nine of them

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 June, 2008, 12:00am

It's hard to convince Hong Kong islanders to return to the Elements mall now after the initial curiosity stage, but here's one reason for the trek. There's a new photo exhibition at its atrium called 'The Vivienne Westwood Opus'. Featuring huge 50cm x 60cm Polaroid fashion prints shot by the designer herself, it's all from a gigantic, limited-edition book released internationally in a print run of only 900 copies (with nine different covers of 100 copies each, all autographed by Westwood). It's quite a hardback, weighing in at 25kg.

The exhibition opened on Friday with a small ceremony. Despite a lengthy delay, when it finally started it did take advantage of its setting by incorporating the escalator near the atrium as part of a mini fashion show that featured Taiwanese actress Guey Lun-mei (left).

'This is my first time wearing Vivienne Westwood,' the young star said. 'And it's also my first catwalk show. I was quite nervous at the afternoon rehearsal but I think it was better tonight. The best part of Westwood's designs is her brave and clever use of clothes and accessories to express her unconventional way of thinking.' In case you'd like to add Westwood's Opus book to your collection, it's US$4,150. The exhibition is at Elements until June 22.