Vivienne Westwood is a legend in her own lifetime, a designer who inspires many other designers and who makes clothes that delight her loyal custemers.
Born in Derbyshite in 1941, she first become a household name when in partnership with Malcom McLaren, she invented the punk uniform. Let in Rock, SEX, Seditionaries, Pirates, and Buffalo Girls were all early collections they created toghether at their shop in World’s End, Chelsea. All become classics and served to challenge common preconceptions of what fashion could be. Since severing business ties with McLaren, Westwood has gone on to become one of the most revered figures within the fashion industry. She has achieved all this without any formal training. In the 80`s , she was hailed by Women’s Wear Daily as one of the six most influential designer of all time, and in 2004 the Victoria & Albert Museum launched a travelling retrospective exhibition defining her iconic status.
There is an intellectual method to the madness of her creative energy. Historical references, techniques and fabrics are intrinsic to her approach to design. Her subversive shapes and constructions have consistenly proved to be ahead of their time. Awarded an OBE years after being arrested on the night of the Qeen’s Silver Jubilee, she has now become a part of the establishment she continues to oppose. Today she shows her ready-to-wear women’s collection in Paris and a menswear collection. MAN in Milan. While the interest in vintage Westwood has never been more intense, her diffusion line Anglomania regularly references pieces from her earlier collections.
Westwood also has three bestselling perfumes – Libertine, Boudoir and Anglomania. and has shops all over the world. She wrote a cultural manifesto called Active resistance to propaganda as a call to arms for all intellectuals against passive acceptance of propaganda and obsessive consumption. In , Westwood showed her Red Label in London after almost a decade of absence and called on other British brands that now only show abroad to follow her example. 2011 saw the Queen of Punk celebrate 40 years in the fashion industry.