Vivienne Westwood celebrates her birthday today! Queen of punk fashion turns 79. And it’s not just a beautiful, gifted and brave woman, it’s a living legend.
This British businesswoman and fashion designer is noted for bringing new wave and contemporary punk fashion into the mainstream industry, and, despite her rebellious nature, the fashion establishment recognized her work as important. “The Vivienne Westwood” label is an internationally recognized designer label that has boutiques all over the world.
We’ve prepared a list of some of the most interesting and surprising facts about Vivienne Westwood and invite you to familiarize yourself with them. Let’s get started!
Fact 1: In 1958, Vivienne Westwood attended the University of Westminster, School of Media Arts & Design, where she studied fashion and silversmithing. Following just one term she dropped out of college. After leaving college, she went on to work at a factory and later attended a teachers training college and subsequently became a primary school teacher.
Fact 2: Westwood earned her living teaching until she crossed paths with Malcolm McLaren, the man behind the punk rock group The Sex Pistols. Under his guidance and influence, she slid into the world of youthful fashion, which reflected the turmoil of those rebellious times.
Fact 3: She has had some distinguished clients wearing her designs, such as Princess Eugenie, the Duchess of Cornwall, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Marion Cotillard etc.
Fact 4: Vivienne Westwood was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1992 and advanced to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2006.
Fact 5: Apart from her love for designing, she is a political activist as well. She passed statements and conducted campaigns in support of her political views. But over the years Westwood’s primary political concerns have shifted; she is now predominately an activist for climate change, nuclear disarmament and civil rights, especially that of freedom of speech.