Vivienne Westwood helped to give birth to the Punk genre in the 1970s. Many attribute the beginning of punk to the 80s, but it actually began in the 70s with many of Westwood's risqué designs. Vivienne Westwood designed tons of obscene t-shirts and other styles that have dubbed her "The Queen of Punk" fashion.
This dress was designed in the 1980's, when Westwood was in her phase she calls the 'Early Years', where remnants of punk fashion could still be found in her work, before she moved on to experiment with other styles. I personally find this dress extremely beautiful, almost warrior-like. Though it is not made clear which fabric it is made out of, the pattern is in the burberry style. Fabric unknown.