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Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has passed away

Vivienne Westwood, the fashion designer who played a key role in the rise of the punk movement, died Thursday. He was 81 years old.

Westwood passed away peacefully, his home fashion house indicated on social media. The cause of death was not released.

Westwood’s fashion career began with the 1970s punk explosion, where his radical take on urban-street style took everyone by storm. But what followed was a long career with triumphant shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York.

The name Westwood became synonymous with style and rebellion, even as the designer shifted its focus from year to year. He had a wide range and his work was never predictable.

As her status grew, she transcended the fashion world, and her designs were displayed in museums. The young woman who had despised the British establishment eventually became one of its celebrities, using her elevated position to call for environmental reforms, her hair typically dyed orange.

Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute at New York’s Metropolitan Museum, said Westwood would be celebrated for pioneering the punk image and combining a radical vision with the anarchic sounds of bands such as the Sex Pistols, who were managed by Malcolm McLaren. .

“They gave the punk movement an image, a style, and it was so radical that it was different from everything that had come before it,” Bolton said. “Torn shirts, pins, inflammatory slogans. He introduced postmodernism. It was hugely influential from the mid-seventies. The punk movement has never died, it’s become part of our fashion vocabulary, it’s normal now.”

Westwood’s long career was full of contradictions: She was a perpetual rebel who was honored several times by Queen Elizabeth II. She dressed like a teenager even after she turned 60 and was a staunch activist in favor of combating global warming, warning of impending catastrophe if that problem was not addressed.


Katz, a veteran Associated Press reporter who died in 2020, was the lead author of this obituary.

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