Vivienne Westwood epitomises British fashion. Her continuously avant-garde collections reek connotations of sex and rebellion, shocking while just as strongly, capturing the audience. It’s no wonder the teacher turned designer has been awarded the title ‘Dame Vivienne’ for her work. She is the genius who turned punk into fashion, leading the way with fetish leather, skin-tight latex and controversial images – all of which were sold under a shop named ‘Sex’. Her 70s punk style creations were reminiscent of the Dada movement, sending models down the runway in whatever society deemed to be ugly.
Westwood pushed boundaries and what people thought to be acceptable by producing t-shirts of Queen Elizabeth with a safety pin through her lip and others with slogans like “his hands touched her breasts as he pressed her against the wall”. She claimed the Queen to be an influence on her earliest collections which is why her iconic logo takes the form of an orb. The gold-maned lioness is renowned for her use of the corset and creating a voluptuously feminine silhouette which has sparked many celebrity followers like Helena Bonham Carter and Dita Von Teese.
She is a fashion heroine and a loose cannon but she knows when it is time to do something knew and move on.
Here are a few of my favourite Westwood pics...