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Vivienne Westwood-The magic of red
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Most women would know Vivienne Westwood as fashion's fairy godmother
(think Sex and the City: The Movie), and oh, what a cool godmother she is!
If it wasn't for a chance encounter, Vivienne probably would've lived the rest of her life in quiet mediocrity. As a young girl, probably the most exciting thing that ever happened to her was attending Harrow Art School for a term. In her mid-twenties, she was a primary schoolteacher married to an air steward with a young son. As fate would have it, however, she met Malcolm McLaren, future manager of the Sex Pistols, and she bid her quiet life goodbye.
Signature Vivenne Westwood checks, punky and with a hint of goth.
This was back in the 60s when the world was ripe with self-discovery. With Malcolm, her creative desires were unleashed, and together, they opened their first shop, 'Let It Rock' where the world started seeing Vivienne's outrageous designs. She literally invented “punk rock” fashion and all its then-scandalous implications of bondage and BDSM. She adorned clothes with daring chains and blades, and designed jewelry, including the now-famous spiked dog collars. The Sex Pistols wore her designs on their first gig, and the shop gained instant notoriety. As her style evolved, so did the shop, first renamed 'Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die' in 1972, 'SEX' in 1975, and 'Seditionaries – Clothes for Heroes' in 1976. Vivienne still owns it to this day, now known as 'World's End'.
With the success of punk culture, Vivienne started looking into something new, something different. The early 80s was all about theatricality and gender distinctiveness. Drawing inspiration from the 19th century, Vivienne then designed her now-legendary first collection, Pirates. With the success of Pirates, Vivienne's place in fashion history was secured.
The 90s saw a more mature yet still daring Vivienne shifting to haute couture. Drawing from her English roots, she used linens, tartans, and tweeds extensively to great effect, securing another coup for the designer. She has since designed men's wear and wedding gowns, as well as watches, eyewear, and fragrances. She was awarded an O.B.E. By Queen Elizabeth II in 1992, and was named British Designer of the Year twice.
And who says fairy godmothers needed magic wands and pumpkins? Well, definitely not this one!