Vivienne Isabel Swire most commonly known to us as the dame of the fashion world, Vivienne Westwood. She’s been rebelling from the norm and creating new trends since birth. However it was in the early 70’s when Vivienne became a creator of one of the most influential moments in fashion history. Punk. WILDABOUT look back at some of the most iconic Westwood moments and venture into the history of the punk movement.
Vivienne’s love for fashion first came into view in the 70’s, when clothes started to become an important part of peoples lives. Many decided to use fashion to express themselves differently, speak out about different issues and use clothes to start a revolution. Vivienne was the queen of activists. She created clothes to point out important messages. Whether it’s a political issue or environmental issue, Vivienne created her own designs to make awareness.
This is how the Punk era came into light. By resisting the fashion norms and rules they fabricated their own unique styles that shocked many people as it wasn’t normal. But normal is boring! and Vivienne had too much rebellion in her and along with many others that were bored of the casuals, created a recognisable style. Westwood met Malcolm McLaren along the way, and together created the first punk themed shop. From then on, Vivienne has become the princess of punk and a big idol in the fashion world.
Even today she continues to concoct revolution after revolution. Not only has she been an inspiration through fashion, but also in politics and her work to save the environment. Framing protests on the streets as well as on the runway.
Nowadays Vivienne still rules the runways, along with her husband and also designer Andreas Kronthaler. There are still obvious hints of punk in all Westwood’s beautifully quirky outfits. Whether it’s safety pins or tartan fabric, it’s bound to feature in one of her runway’s somewhere. She even walked for her own show recently! Not only has she inspired generations devising different fashion trends, but also spoken out about the ways of the world and how we can save our planet. “Get a life” she reminds us. The fashion world thanks queen Viv for the unforgettable invention of punk that will live on forever. May there be many more fashion revolutions to come, stay punk!
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