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Vivienne Westwood

This English fashion brand came into prominence in the 1960s and was responsible for bringing punk into the fashion mainstream.

Vital statistics

  • 1971 Established
  • Private Type
  • 51 - 200 Number of employees
  • 30 Stores
  • London, United Kingdom HQ

Key people

  • Andreas Kronthaler Designer

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Dame Vivienne Westwood (born Vivienne Isabel Swire on 8 April 1941) is an English fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.

Westwood came to public notice when she made clothes for Malcolm McLaren's boutique in the King's Road, which became famous as "SEX". It was their ability to synthesise clothing and music that shaped the 1970s UK punk scene, dominated by McLaren's band, the Sex Pistols. She was deeply inspired by the shock-value of punk - "seeing if one could put a spoke in the system".

Her first catwalk show was presented in 1981, featuring the collaboration of Westwood and McLaren. The theme that year was "Pirates." Westwood's subsequent theme titles in the early years included "Savage" (1982), "Buffalo Girls" (Autumn–Winter 1982–83) and "Clint Eastwood" (Autumn–Winter 1984–85) under the Worlds Ends label; she stopped producing the line in 1985 to concentrate on her Vivienne Westwood lines.

She dubbed the period 1981 to 1985 "New Romantic" and 1988–91 as "The Pagan Years" during which "Vivienne’s heroes changed from punks and ragamuffins to ‘Tatler’ girls wearing clothes that parodied the upper class."

Westwood went on to open four shops in London, eventually expanding throughout the United Kingdom and the world, selling an increasingly varied range of merchandise, some of it linked to her many political causes such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, climate change and the civil rights group Liberty. She has been twice married, with two children.

Source: Wikipedia

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