Dame Vivienne Westwood, DBE, RDI (born Vivienne Isabel Swire on 8 April 1941) is an English fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.Westwood came to public notice when she made clothes for Malcolm McLaren's boutique in the King's Road, which became famous as "SEX". It was their ability to synthesise clothing and music that shaped the 1970s UK punk scene, dominated by McLaren's band, the Sex Pistols. She was deeply inspired by the shock-value of punk - "seeing if one could put a spoke in the system".Westwood went on to open four shops in London, eventually expanding throughout the United Kingdom and the world, selling an increasingly varied range of merchandise, some of it linked to her many political causes such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, climate change and the civil rights group Liberty. She has been twice married, with two children.
Boned white cotton corset, Vivienne Westwood, British, 1996.
Man's leather waistcoat with armour-style sleeves, designed by Vivienne Westwood, England, 1980s. Leather;;;
Chocolate plaid fabric jacket and asymmetric skirt. Labels: "Vivienne Westwood, ANGLOMANIA, SINCE 1970, 46", "New Appetizer Bomber", "Eight skirt".
Wollen ensemble in groen beige tartan bestaande uit een vest en rok.
Cotton T-shirt with gold appliqué. White cotton T-shirt with gold appliqué on front. The back is slightly longer than the front. Cotton and plastic appliqué.
Bag, 'Portrait', of printed silk, designed by Vivienne Westwood, after JH Fragonard, Great Britain, 1991.
Pair of lime melflex T-strap pumps with 4 cm heel, with carved toe placements on the sides and cut outs at the vamp. Non slip sole. Stamped: "Vivienne Westwood, ANGLOMANIA, melissa". Model: "Melissa".
Long sleeved multicoloured tartan polyester dress, with tailored collar, decorated with black and white strip. Label: “Vivienne Westwood, Italy”. Form the Anglomania collection. Style: “admiral”. No 40.
Wool tweed suit 'Time Machine', designed by Vivienne Westwood, Great Britain, 1988.
Man's suit consisting of a cotton jacket and trousers, designed by Vivienne Westwood, London, 1981.