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Vivienne Westwood

Designer, Vivienne Westwood

Fashion’s original punk pioneered the youth movement back in the ‘60s with her subversive, anti-fashion statements.

United Kingdom Designers 2013 BoF 500 2013 2014 BoF 500 2014

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Fashion’s original punk pioneered the youth movement back in the ‘60s with her subversive, anti-fashion statements.

Vivienne Westwood's live mosaic

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      • 31 October, 17:35
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Biography

Vivienne Westood has been at the epicentre of British fashion since she began selling her punk-inspired designs in Malcom McLaren’s influential Kings Road store, Sex, in the 1970s.

The Dame of the British Empire revolutionised what is deemed appropriate to wear in public. Indeed, it was she who first introduced bondage trousers and other aspects of BDSM, along with safety pins and chains to the fashion mainstream. Her use of 17th and 18th century cutting techniques, especially the radical cutting lines she developed for men’s trousers, continue to be used and emulated today.

Westwood’s first runway presentation titled "Pirates" was staged in 1981. She has since gone on to create collections titled "Savage," "Buffalo Girls," "New Romantice" and "The Pagan Years."

An activist by conscience, Westwood often litters her designs with slogans and other political calls to action, though they are no less beautiful for it. Westwood’s primary political concerns have shifted over the years; she is now predominately an activist for climate change, nuclear disarmament and civil rights, especially that of freedom of speech. “I make the great claim for my manifesto that it penetrates to the root of the human predicament and offers the underlying solution. We have a choice to become more cultivated, and therefore more human; or by not choosing, to be the destructive and self-destroying animal, the victim of our own cleverness. To be or not to be…” she wrote in a manifesto entitled Active Resistance to Propaganda.

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