As the icon of britain’s famous band the Sex Pistols, Vivienne Westwood, who died on Thursday at the age of 81, was synonymous with 1970s punk rock, a fighter who stood against all odds of society that remained the hallmark of an unapologetically political and social designer who became one of British fashion’s biggest names every.
Today she left the world peacfully surrounded by her family in Clapham, South London. The world needs rebellion like Vivienne to make a change for the better,”.
Vivienne Westwood Many memories and questions are left some of them are written with their struggles but some are still revolving around the society, She was the world’s most unconventional and outspoken fashion designer ever, Vivienne Westwood rose to flame her name in the late 1970s when her early designs helped as guidance in the punk rock movement.
She was gurden of everything like: Climate change, pollution, and her support for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange were all fodder for protest T-shirts or banners carried by her models on the runway, even in her 80s she gave her 100% to society in change and which will remain as her contribution in the world and special in fashion.
She dressed as then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher for a magazine cover in 1989 and drove a white tank near the country house of David Cameron, the latter British leader, in a protest against fracking.
The Queen Elizabeth who awarded her the Order of the British Empire medal. But, ever keen to shock, Westwood turned up at Buckingham palace without underwear – a fact she proved to photographers by a revealing twirl of her skirt.
She said “The only reason I am in fashion is to destroy the word ‘conformity’,” Westwood said in her 2014 biography. “Nothing is interesting to me unless it’s got that element.” Instantly Westwood first made a name for herself in punk fashion in 1970s London dressing the punk rock band that defined the genre.
They then moved on to selling latex and fetish items as well as shredded garments embellished with chains in their store on London’s King’s Road, which they variously dubbed “Let It Rock,” “Sex,” and “Seditionaries,” among other names.
Swastika prints, images of bare breasts, and—possibly most famously—a picture of the queen with a safety pin stuck in her mouth were also utilised. Favorite products included black T-shirts without sleeves that were zip-fastened, studded, or decorated with bleached chicken bones.
“There was no punk before me and Malcolm,” Westwood said in the biography. “And the other thing you should know about punk too: which was sparkling.”
Her work was infused with a recycling mindset, and she frequently advised fashionistas to “buy less” and “select well”. She commuted by bicycle to work and spent almost 30 years living in a modest flat in south London starting in the late 1960s.
Her iconic creations have featured corsets, Harris Tweed outfits, and taffeta ballgowns. She frequently draws inspiration from history.
Her short puffed skirt and a more fitting form were first seen in her 1985 “Mini-Crini” range. When Naomi Campbell, a model, tripped on the catwalk in a pair of her incredibly high platform heels in 1993, they attracted notice all around the world.
“My clothes have a story. They have an identity. They have character and a purpose,” She said.
“That’s why they become classics. Because they keep on telling a story. They are still telling it.”
Fashionistas flocked to the Westwood catwalk presentations in Paris during the 1990s, and businesses selling her clothing, accessories, and fragrances popped up all over the globe.
She protested against anti-terrorism laws and austerity measures in government spending as well as nuclear disarmament using her public platform.
At the 2012 Paralympics closing ceremony in London, she carried a sizable “climate change revolution” banner, which instantly transformed her models into catwalk eco-warriors.
“I’ve always had a political agenda,” Westwood told L’Officiel fashion magazine in 2018.
“I’ve used fashion to challenge the status quo.”
Born: 8 April 1941, Tintwistle, United Kingdom
Died: 29 December 2022, London, United Kingdom
Awards: Glamour Award for Environmental Gamechanger, British Designer of the Year