British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, responsible for the punk fashion phenomenon of the ’70s, has died aged 81.
Throughout Westwood’s decades-long career, she has defined British fashion with her eccentric designs, style and environmental activism.
The brand announced Westwood’s death on Instagram, revealing that she passed away peacefully surrounded by family in Clapham, South London.
“Vivienne continued to do what she loved, designing, practicing her art, writing her books, and making the world a better place until the very last moment. She lived an amazing life. Their innovation and impact over the past 60 years is huge and will continue into the future,” the post continued.
“Vivian considers herself a Taoist. The spiritual system of Tao,” she writes. Today, Tao has never been more necessary. The Tao makes you feel part of the universe and gives meaning to your life; it gives you a sense of identity and strength to know that you are living the life you can and should be living: fully developing your character and your place on earth. Life. ‘”..Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood DBE RDI 8 April 1941 – 29 December 2022) was an English fashion designer and businesswoman who was instrumental in bringing modern punk and new wave fashion to the mainstream important role.
Westwood came to public attention when she made clothing for the boutique she and Malcolm McLaren ran on King’s Road, which later came to be known as SEX. Their ability to blend clothing and music shaped the British punk scene of the ’70s, dominated by McLaren’s band, the Sex Pistols. She sees punk as a way to “see if you can stop the system.”
Westwood opened four stores in London and eventually expanded across the UK and around the world, selling an increasingly diverse range of merchandise, some of which promoted her many political causes such as the campaign for nuclear disarmament, climate change and civil rights organizations
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