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Kelly's previous books include a biography of Beau Brummell, a Regency figure who revolutionised men's fashion, introducing full-length trousers in the place of knee breeches. His 2008 account of the life of legendary lover, traveller and memoirist Casanova won the Sunday Times biography of the year award. Cadwallader, Carole (2 December 2007). "I don't feel comfortable defending my clothes. But if you've got the money to afford them, then buy something from me. Just don't buy too much". The Guardian. London, England . Retrieved 9 April 2010. In March 2015, the company announced that it would open a three-story outpost in midtown Manhattan in New York City. [42] This was followed by a new 3,200-square-foot (300m 2) shop in a building also housing the company's offices and showrooms in Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, opening in early 2016. [43] Westwood, Vivienne (12 May 2007). "Vivienne Westwood's manifesto – Active resistance to propaganda". The Guardian.

Westwood also introduces her collections in Paris, the first British fashion designer to do so since Mary Quandt, the inventor of the miniskirt. The shop changed its name and focus several times, operating as "SEX" — Westwood and McLaren were fined in 1975 for an "indecent exhibition" there — and "World's End" and "Seditionaries."EXCLUSIVE interview: Dame Vivienne Westwood & Joe Corré in defence of Julian Assange". The Shortlisted. 30 April 2020 . Retrieved 26 July 2021. KELLY: Vivienne was passionately involved in a kind of intellectual curiosity. She read all the time. She once said that the most important fashion accessory was a book, that you should, you know, really pay attention to the world around you and be thinking. And she was fascinating to be around in that regard 'cause she was, you know, the most curious person I've ever met, in both senses of the word - so interested in everything but also, you know, kind of eccentric.

Lester, Tracey Lomrantz (31 March 2009). "Carrie Bradshaw's Vivienne Westwood Wedding Dress Sells Out in Hours". Glamour . Retrieved 30 October 2020. In 2010 she was honoured at a ceremony for the Prince Philip Designers Prize. Westwood received a special commendation for her contribution to design from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. A memorial service for Westwood was held at Southwark Cathedral in London on 16 February 2023. [134] Portraits of Vivienne Westwood [ edit ] Westwood designs uniforms for the British airline Virgin Atlantic and for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's New Year's Concert. In Autumn-Winter 2002/03, the Vivienne Westwood X Commes des Garçons collaboration launches in Japan and Milan through the Cosa Coma Comme shops.Sherriff, Lucy (20 February 2015). "Vivienne Westwood To Tour Universities To Promote Green Party To Students". HuffPost . Retrieved 23 February 2015.

Sisley, Dominique (2 June 2017). "Vivienne Westwood comes out in support of Jeremy Corbyn". Dazed . Retrieved 1 May 2018.He said it was a privilege "to have rubbed shoulders with her in the mid '70s at what was the birth of punk and the worldwide waves it created that still continue to echo and resound today for the disaffected, hipper and wised up around the globe." In addition to fashion, Westwood also creates tea sets and Swatch watches, as well as various women's perfumes. The nine fashion volumes of Opus 2008 published by Westwood weigh 20 kg each and are the largest fashion books ever published. The photographs they contain were taken with the world's largest Polaroid camera. When she was a teenager, her parents, a greengrocer and a cotton weaver, moved the family to north London where she studied jewellery-making and silversmithing before re-training as a teacher. Vivienne and Malcolm began to design their own t-shirts with provocative printed slogans, which led to their prosecution under the 1959 Obscene Publications Act; they responded by re-branding the shop once again and producing even more t-shirts featuring hard-core images.

KELLY: ...Is an entirely valid position for somebody who cares about the cut of clothes. And - but it was typical of Vivienne because, you know, she was very proud of her - I guess that was the OBE and then her damehood from the queen. And yet she liked to also remind everybody she was a rebel. I mean, it's the same with Vivienne and wedding dresses, as in "Sex And The City," famously, and the wedding dress that Sarah Jessica Parker wore. It's now become that thing of a, do you know what? If I'm playing that safe game of being glamorous on a red carpet or walking down an aisle, I want also to remind the world that, you know, I am my own woman. And that is some of the power of her clothes irrespective of whether you're wearing underwear underneath or not, which is a personal choice. McLaren and Westwood's first fashion collection to be shown to the media and potential international buyers was Pirate. Subsequently, their partnership, which was underlined by the fact that both their names appeared on all labelling, produced collections in Paris and London with the thematic titles Savages (shown late 1981), Buffalo/Nostalgia Of Mud (shown spring 1982), Punkature (shown late 1982), Witches (shown early 1983) and Worlds End 1984 (later renamed Hypnos, shown late 1983). [29] After the partnership with McLaren was dissolved, Westwood showed one more collection under the Worlds End label: Clint Eastwood (late 1984–early 1985). [30] The 'Mini-Crini,' 1985–87A year later, Vivienne’s interests had turned to biker clothing, zips, and leather. The shop re-branded with a skull and crossbones and was renamed Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die. Vivienne Westwood begins a long-term collaboration with The Rug Company designing rugs and cushions in 2005.

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