Vivienne Westwood – The Goddess of Punk


Vivienne Westwood is a British fashion designer, and founder of the fashion house, Vivienne Westwood. The designer’s career began when her partner, Malcolm McLaren, opened a boutique where she sold her designs.

Vivienne Westwood became integrated with punk fashions, as McLaren became the manager of the legendary punk band, the Sex Pistols. The band wore designs of Westwood and McLaren.

During the 1970’s, Vivienne Westwood became synonymous with punk fashion. Collections while being partnered with McLaren included: Pirate, Savages, Buffalo/Nostalgia of Mud, Punkature, Witches, Worlds End 1984, and Clint Eastwood.

Vivienne Westwood gave names to periods of time of her designs, of which 1981 to 1985 was called “New Romantic” and from 1988 to 1991 was named “The Pagan Years”.

She was also instrumental in the grunge fashion movement of the early 1990’s. Currently, there are over 60 Vivienne Westwood outlets around the world.

The Story of Vivienne Westwood:

Vivienne Westwood Quotes:

“People have never looked so ugly as they do today. We just consume far too much.”

“There is so much that people take for granted.”

“I really don’t like women who try to be men. All these politicians, I think they’re horrendous. We could have a brilliant future, but we have this terrible male vision of destroying everything. They’d better sort themselves out and become more womanly.”

“You’ve got to invest in the world, you’ve got to read, you’ve got to go to art galleries, you’ve got to find out the names of plants. You’ve got to start to love the world and know about the whole genius of the human race. We’re amazing people.”

“I’ve got a real sense of three-dimensional geometry. I can look at a flat piece of fabric and know that if I put a slit in it and make some fabric travel around a square, then when you lift it up it will drape in a certain way, and I can feel how that will happen.”

“I think dress, hairstyle and make-up are the crucial factors in projecting an attractive persona and give one the chance to enhance one’s best physical features.”

“I didn’t consider myself a fashion designer at all at the time of punk. I was just using fashion as a way to express my resistance and to be rebellious. I came from the country, and by the time I got to London, I considered myself to be very stupid. It was my ambition to understand the world I live in.”


Originally posted 2016-10-02 17:42:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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