Vivienne Westwood is undeniably one of the most iconic and influential figures in British fashion history, remaining as cutting edge at 79 as she was in her 20’s. Flowing through many different eras and interests, the Dame’s motivation has remained the same: to force conversation, whether that be about the punk era or her new passion for activism. An enigmatic figure taking on so many different roles, we’re asking; Who is Vivienne Westwood?
#1 The Punk
It’s not a stretch to say that Vivienne Westwood birthed the punk subculture. From her little boutique on Kings Road in Chelsea, Vivienne Westwood designed the original punk clothing, adding tears and safety pins to clothes long before the punk aesthetic hit mainstream attention. Her shop was a hub for rebels and riot kids as she befriended the likes of the Sex Pistols, New York Dolls and more with her music manager boyfriend Malcolm McClaren. Her controversial God Save The Queen T-Shirt shot her to notoriety in the public eye after she faced prosecution under the obscenity act for the design. While her designs now might be inspired by luxury and regality, the brand’s origin was in the rough and rebellious punk scene, launching a whole subculture the original Vivienne Westwood shop, World’s End, which you can still visit today.