Welcome to a new Designer Day! This week’s Designer is the totally crazy and awesome British designer Vivienne Westwood (1941).
Dame Vivienne Westwood is usually the one given credit for bringing modern punk and new wave fashion into the everyday mainstream line. She started studying fashion and silversmithing (!) but dropped out after a year and started working as a teacher in primary school. (Can you believe that someone out there has actually had Vivienne Westwood as their teacher?!)
Everything changed when Westwood met and entered a relationship with Malcolm McLaren, who opened a punk clothing boutique and later became manager to the tiny little insignificant band we all know as the Sex Pistols. When the Sex Pistols started wearing clothes designer by Westwood, the road to success all of a sudden seemed relatively easy.
One of the unique Westwood elements is the fact that she uses 17th and 18th century cloth cutting principles, mixes in a dash of her own interpretation, and voila, fabulousness is created.
Vivienne Westwood’s first runway show was in 1981, and since then? Well, since then it’s been all scrumptousness.