Vivienne Westwood – Icon of British fashion


Vivienne Westwood was one of the most influential and provocative fashion designers in the world. She was born Vivienne Isabel Swire on April 8, 1941 in Tintwistle, Cheshire, England. She studied art at Harrow School of Art, but dropped out after one semester to become a teacher. She married Derek Westwood, a toolmaker.

Her life changed radically when she met Malcolm McLaren, later manager of the Sex Pistols, in 1965. She left her husband and moved in with McLaren, who sparked her interest in fashion and music. Together they opened a store called Let It Rock on King’s Road in London in 1971, which soon became a meeting place for the burgeoning punk scene. They sold clothing inspired by rock ‘n’ roll, fetishism and anarchy, such as ripped T-shirts, safety pins, leather jackets and bondage pants.

Westwood designed outfits for punk bands and became a co-founder of a new style that shook the fashion industry. She constantly reinvented herself and experimented with different influences, such as historical costumes, ethnic fashion, romance and piracy. She created iconic collections such as Pirates, Buffalo Girls, Anglomania and Harris Tweed. She has received numerous awards for her creativity and originality, including the Order of the British Empire and the title of Dame Commander of the British Empire.

Westwood was not only a fashion designer, but also an activist who supported various social and environmental causes. She supported organizations such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International, War Child and PETA. She used her fashion as a platform to spread her messages and provoke. For example, she wore a T-shirt that read “I am not a terrorist, please don’t arrest me.”

Vivienne Westwood was a legend who shaped fashion history. She was a rebellious and innovative artist who always surprised and challenged. She was a queen of punk who did not care about conventions. Even after her death, she is an inspiration for many generations of designers and fashion fans.

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