Vivienne Westwood embodies the heady and rebellious originality of British fashion. Her continual exploration and reinterpretation of history, combined with a tireless individualism, has cemented her reputation as the UK’s most culturally significant fashion designer.
Her career in fashion began in 1970, joining forces with partner and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren to shape the signature look of London’s emerging punk movement through various incarnations of their shop at 430 King’s Road, London. In 1984 her business and personal relationship with McLaren ended, but her fashion evolution continued, incorporating safety pins and Union Jacks with her own tartan pieces, pinstriped tailoring, corsets, and Watteau (gathered and pleated) gowns. Her influence in fashion has been commemorated with several retrospective showings of her work. Vivienne Westwood was also made a Dame in the New Year Honours list of 2006.
Vivienne Westwood has four clothing lines Gold Label, Red Label, Anglomania, and Man; as well as a full range of Westwood accessories (from jewellery to bags) and fragrances that are sold at stores worldwide. Vivienne Westwood has flagship boutiques worldwide including fashion capitals Japan, Paris, Hong Kong, Moscow, Seoul, London, New York and Los Angeles.