Vivienne Westwood made a name for herself when she began outfitting the Sex Pistols in her outrageous fashions. Thirty years later, she is still going strong. ALL HAIL DAME VIVIENNE!!!
WESTWOOD EMBODIES………Anarchist Fashion n individuality. its not for the faint hearted.
In the early 1970s, Vivienne Westwood and her then boy friend Malcolm McClaren opened a shop in London’s Kings Road called Let it Rock. Dame Vivenne’s shop sold outrageous bondage type fashions and changed their shop’s name to SEX( me thinks this a more appropriate name).
Westwood began designing clothes for the Sex Pistols to wear and outfitted them in bondage pants and distressed shirts with safety pins, as the Pistols career took off, so did Westwoods as her name became synonymous with creating the whole punk rock image.
Ever since Westwood began designing clothes in the 1970s, she has been no stranger to controversy and till date, she has continued to use images that would provoke anger, hostility, or debate.
In the 1970s, one of her best selling punk T-shirts had the words “DESTROY” on it and featured an inverted crucifix and a Nazi Swastika.
Westwood had her first catwalk show “pirate collection” in 1981 and thus made another impression on pop culture in the United Kingdom by influencing the New Romantic fashion movement.
In 2005, Westwood designed shirts for one of Britain’s largest civil rights groups, Liberty. The shirts bore the slogans, “I am not a terrorist. Please don’t arrest me.” and “Liberty throw away the key.” The shirts were designed in response to the British government’s proposal to allow terrorist suspects to be detained for up to three months without being charged.
I love her and am soo pleased to have been influenced by her. These days when she isnt designing or getting ready for shows, she can be found zooming round london on her bicycle, its the Red hair that always give her away.