“Buy less, choose well.” – Vivienne Westwood
About Vivienne Westwood
Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood DBE RDI (born 8 April 1941) is a British fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.
Westwood came to public notice when she made clothes for Malcolm McLaren’s boutique in the King’s Road, which became famous as “SEX”. It was their ability to synthesise clothing and music that shaped the 1970s UK punk scene, dominated by McLaren’s band, the Sex Pistols. She was deeply inspired by the shock-value of punk—”seeing if one could put a spoke in the system”.
Westwood went on to open four shops in London, eventually expanding throughout the United Kingdom and the world, selling an increasingly varied range of merchandise, some of it linked to her many political causes such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, climate change and civil rights groups.
Westwood was born Vivienne Isabel Swire in the village of Tintwistle Cheshire on 8 April 1941. She attended Glossop Grammar School. In 1958, her family moved to Harrow, London.
After taking up a job in a factory and studying at a teacher-training college, she became a primary school teacher. During this period, she created her own jewellery, which she sold at a stall on Portobello Road. While she continued teaching and simultaneously making jewelry, this led to her discovering design when she met Malcom McLaren who became a major inspiration to her designs in Punk Fashion.
In 1962, she met Derek Westwood, a Hoover factory apprentice, in Harrow. They married on 21 July 1962; Westwood made her own wedding dress.
Westwood continued to teach until 1971 when McLaren opened a boutique at 430 King’s Road called “Let It Rock” (later known variously as “Sex”, “Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die”, and “Seditionaries”) and now World’s End, where Westwood sells her Vivienne Westwood label clothing.
Westwood created clothes which McLaren conceived, drawing inspiration from bikers, fetishists and prostitutes. Westwood received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2008, she was made a Doctor of Letters at the campus in Galashiels for her contribution to the industry and use of Scottish textiles.
(Source – Wikipedia)