- Vivienne Westwood passed away on December 29, 2022 at the age of 81.
- She was one of British fashion’s most iconic designers and a punk icon.
- On two occasions when she met the royal family, she did not wear underwear.
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Punk fashion icon Vivienne Westwood died on Thursday at the age of 81. In a statement on Twitter, Westwood’s representatives said he died “peacefully and surrounded by family” in Clapham, south London.
“The world needs people like Vivian to make a difference for the better,” the statement said.
1. Vivienne Westwood was a schoolteacher before becoming a successful designer.
Westwood grew up on the outskirts of Glossop in Derbyshire, England. He studied at Harrow School of Art and the University of Westminster, according to business of fashion,
She only lasted one semester, studying fashion and goldsmithing, before quitting to focus on work.
“I didn’t know how a working-class girl like me could make a living in the art world,” she said.
Instead, she became an elementary school teacher and designed jewelry in her spare time. In the 1970s, he earned a living by selling his designs.
2. She left her underwear on when she met the royal family… twice
In 1992, Westwood was a guest at Buckingham Palace when she was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for her services to the fashion industry. During the visit, she made headlines when she posed for cameras outside the palace and revealed that she was not wearing any underwear.
Westwood said, “I met a man who worked with the Queen (Elizabeth II) and he said she was very happy.” daily Mail in 2006.
When she returned in 2006 to become Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, she once again went without underwear.
“Don’t ask,” he said, according to daily Mail, “That’s the answer. I don’t wear them with dresses. When I wear pants, I can wear my husband’s silk boxers.”
3. His son is Joseph Kore, founder of lingerie brand Agent Provocateur
Agent Provocateur is one of the most famous lingerie brands in the world and was founded by Westwood’s son, Joseph Corre. His father was Malcolm McLaren, manager of the famous punk band The Sex Pistols and a Westwood collaborator.
Together they ran the SEX clothing store in London in the 1970s.
Corey said of her mother’s designs in an interview with the time, “The clothes she designed at the time were the most glamorous thing ever.” Herald in March.
“But at the same time, he also looked like some kind of alien who had descended from space because you’ve never seen anyone like that before.”
Corre founded her lingerie brand in London in 1994. According to the brand’s website, her installation “marked a fundamental shift in the British counterculture by subverting the male gaze to empowering women”.
4. She dressed as Margaret Thatcher for the cover the flavors in the 80’s
Westwood’s Thatcher cosplay was iconic at the time, and remains so decades later.
The April 1989 cover featured the designer in a black suit and pearls, and sporting Thatcher’s signature high hairdo under the words “This woman was once a punk”.
Reason for cover? Thatcher had ordered the trial, but later rescinded the order, leaving it open for Westwood to be tried.
“This cover the flavors blew up during London Fashion Week, I had to look twice to believe it was me,” Westwood told get a life! Diary of Vivienne WestwoodAs per an excerpt shared by Dazed Digital,
« A week later, the editor of the flavors, Emma Soames, was fired. I never asked Emma if there was an affair,” he continued.
5. Westwood didn’t know who Emma Watson was when he presented her with an award in 2011.
As a true punk icon, it’s no surprise that Westwood hasn’t really kept up with modern pop culture and so admitted that he had no idea who the star was. harry potter When he presented her with the Elle Style Icon Award in 2011.
“I said, ‘Who’s Emma Watson?’ I never watch TV, I don’t read fashion magazines. She said she used to be in harry potterAnd I said: ‘I’ve never seen harry potter, He said he had this friend named Hermione and I thought, ‘Oh, she’s lovely.’ So I must have taken something from him. “So I’d like to give this award to Emma, who I’ve just met,” Westwood said while presenting the award to Watson, according to the London Evening Standard.
6. Pharrell Williams’ hat that went viral at the 2014 Grammys was designed by Westwood.
One of the biggest style moments in Pharrell’s career was when he walked the red carpet at the 2014 Grammys wearing a large brown hat.
in the dead of night, A Twitter account was created for the hat.Which still exists and has over 12,000 followers.
CNN identified the hat as a buffalo hat from Westwood and McLaren’s 1983 fall/winter show, “Nostalgia of Mud”.
7. Carrie Bradshaw’s Wedding Dress sex and the City it was also a westwood creation
During filming, Carrie (played by Sarah Jessica Parker), originally didn’t want a wedding or an extravagant dress, but when she saw Westwood’s creation, she fell in love.
Westwood eventually sent the dress to Carey along with a handwritten note. The dress is so fabulous that Parker was once again seen wearing it during the filming of the second season and just like that,
To celebrate the film’s tenth anniversary, Westwood released a set of cover versions. Ready to wear of famous dress
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