At the age of 81, Vivienne Westwood passed away. She was a significant figure in the punk movement and fashion world. Westwood’s self-named fashion label publicized her passing on social media, which claimed she passed away quietly. No specific reason was given.
“Vivienne continued to do the things she loved, up until the last moment, designing, working on her art, writing her book, and changing the world for the better,” the statement said. Westwood’s career in fashion began in the 1970s when her avant-garde take on urban street style swept the globe. She went on to have a long and successful career, marked by some successful runway shows and museum exhibitions.
Even though Westwood’s focus changed from year to year, her range was wide, and her work could have been more predictable. The name Westwood became synonymous with attitude and style. She appeared to have a fashion sense beyond her growing stature. Even though she continued to have, her hair dyed that distinctively vivid shade of orange, the young woman who had rejected the British establishment eventually rose to become one of its leading stars.
“The ripped shirts, the safety pins, the provocative slogans,” Bolton said. “She introduced postmodernism. It was so influential from the mid-70s. The punk movement has never dissipated — it’s become part of our fashion vocabulary. It’s mainstream now.”
“She was always trying to reinvent fashion. Her work is provocative, it’s transgressive. It’s very much rooted in the English tradition of pastiche and irony and satire. She is very proud of her Englishness, and still she sends it up,” Bolton said.
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