Who was Vivienne Westwood? Iconic Punk Fashion Designer dies at 81Vivienne Westwood was born in Derbyshire on April 8, 1941 to a mother who worked in a cotton mill and a father who mended shoes. Author : Ujjwal Samrat
Well-renowned fashion designer Vivienne Westwood on Thursday passed at the age of 81. Vivienne Westwood who played a major role in the punk movement died peacefully, however, the cause of her demise was not revealed by her family members. “Vivienne continued to do the things she loved, up until the last moment, designing, working on her art, writing her book, and changing the world for the better,” the statement said. Vivienne Westwood's death has sent the entertainment and fashion industry into deep sorrow and celebrities from all over the world poured their condolences on the late fashion designer.
In the official statement released by her family, it was written, "Vivienne Westwood died today, peacefully and surrounded by her family, in Clapham, South London. Vivienne continued to do the things she loved, up until the last moment, designing, working on her art, writing her book, and changing the world for the better. She led an amazing life. Her innovation and impact over the last 60 years has been immense and will continue into the future. Vivienne considered herself a Taoist. She wrote, “Tao spiritual system. There was never more need for the Tao today. Tao gives you a feeling that you belong to the cosmos and gives purpose to your life; it gives you such a sense of identity and strength to know you’re living the life you can live and therefore ought to be living: make full use of your character and full use of your life on earth.”
Now, for those who are still unaware about the iconic fashion designer and asking who was Vivienne Westwood, here's what you should know-
Who was Vivienne Westwood?
Vivienne Westwood was born in Derbyshire on April 8, 1941 to a mother who worked in a cotton mill and a father who mended shoes. Her family moved to London in 1957, as per The Guardian, where she attended art school for one term. She was a self-taught designer with no formal fashion training. Reportedly, Vivienne used to make her own tailored suits as a teenager and studied jewellery in London, but quickly dropped out. She became a primary school teacher and married factory worker Derek Westwood and had a son by the time she was 22. However, Viviene got separated from her husband a few years later and started working with band manager Malcolm McLaren. As per BBC report, the duo opened their first clothing shop named 'Let It Rock' on King's Road in Chelsea in early 1970s. Many people started visiting the shop regularly, including punk band Sex Pistols, who were managed by McLaren. They shot to fame in 1976 wearing Westwood and McLaren's designs. Her first proper fashion show came in 1981. Remembered as the Pirate Collection, it was an instant hit. By the 2000s, she was a full-fledged celebrity, designing wedding dresses not just for the elite, but for iconic TV characters.