, 2022-12-30 08:48:45,
The fashion industry has lost one of its true icons, Dame Vivienne Westwood, fashion designer and environmental activist, who has died aged 81.
Dame Vivienne Westwood died peacefully surrounded by family at her home in Clapham, south London, on Thursday 29 December.
Westwood truly deserved the word “icon”. She became synonymous with the punk subculture. Originally a primary school teacher, she set up shop on London’s King’s Road in the 1970s alongside partner Malcom McLaren, whom she met while he was an art student. Westwood had a son from a previous marriage, Ben Westwood. She went on to have a son with McLaren, Joe Corré, who launched luxury lingerie brand Agent Provocateur.
She originally sold 1950s-style teddy boy clothing, biker-themed leathers, fetish-wear and T-shirts bearing rebellious slogans and imagery. The store name evolved from Let It Rock; to Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die; to Sex; then Seditionaries; and eventually to World’s End, which is what it is still known as now.
McLaren managed The Sex Pistols from 1975. Vivienne dressed the punk band in details that would become her signature, including distressed pieces held together by safety pins, iconography of the Queen, and plaid and tartan patterns.
By 1981 Westwood had held her first catwalk show, entitled “Pirates”, which was a collaboration with McLaren. In 1990 and 1991, she received the British Fashion Council’s award…
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