Saturday, February 23, 2008

Fashion Maven... Vivienne Westwood

A self-taught designer, Vivienne Westwood has been a queen in British fashion for four decades, surviving in a highly competitive industry without compromising her ideals.

She famously dressed the Sex Pistols [along with Malcolm McLaren] in their original punk rock style at their first gig, complete with outrageous hair and make-up, safety pins, razor blades, chains on clothing and spiked dog collars used as jewelry. Westwood invented the slashed 'A' symbol for Anarchy and was the first to wear underwear as outerwear.

Westwood has brought an original slant to the fashion world and is responsible for many fashion ideas that we now take for granted.


H
er first official collection was in 1981, during London's Fashion week and she has maintained the title "Queen of Quirk" ever since, her vision at times at odds with the rest of the fashion world.

In October 1991 and 1993 she was named British Designer of t
he Year and was awarded the OBE by HM the Queen. Westwood began to attract society clients.

Although her clothes are often revolutionary, she has embraced traditional British fabrics and materials, such as tartan plaids, making them her own with the unusual elements of her style, including frayed hems, torn seams, bustles, exaggeratedly high shoes, etc... serving only to make the overall effect of her designs all the more shocking. She has provoked outrage, amusement and ultimately respect.





"I am a great believer in copying; there
has never been an age in which people have so little respect for the past."


Showing in London for the first time in n
ine years this season, Vivienne Westood shows no sign of giving up her crown...and YAY for that, as she still never ceases to delight us!

Here are some favourite looks from the Vivienne Westwood Red Label Collection, Autumn/Winter 2008...






9 comments:

angeliaa said...

I love Vivienne Westwood, I am so glad to see her work out again.
Thanks, for the information.
A

Stacy said...

Thanks for the great post, keep em coming.
I love V.W. too, she rocks.
Actually, I can't stop coming back to your blog so I added you to my blogroll, hope you don't mind!

Rascallion said...

K, I dunno why it doesn't want to add my blog addy when I comment, but that is me above (Stacy).

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vivienne westwood said...

vivienne westwood is such an amazing designer.