Vivienne Westwood, born Vivienne Isabel Swire

Westwood, born Vivienne Isabel Swire

British Punk and New Wave Fashion Designer and Businesswoman

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Why do people think that if you don't dress up, others will appreciate your beauty more – that style will somehow emanate from you? It's rubbish. If you dress up it helps your personality to emerge––if you choose well.

You have a much better life if you wear impressive clothes.

Personally I'm not a feminist, as I can't stand puritans.

The arts have only ever interested a small minority of people, which acted as a kind of nursery to support artists.

The muscular, athletic type is not representative of the human race, who are varied in their physique.

The young Japanese, especially, love to wear the latest thing and when they come to London they head for my shops as part of what they want to find in Britain.

The young need discipline and a full bookcase.

There is no hierarchy of values any more. Real progress is due mainly to human genius, and that's rare, and usually stems from a real elite, from a hierarchy.

There's something really awful about the way people dress now. Everyone looks the same. Everyone wants to look neutral.

There's this idea that somehow you've got to keep changing things, and as often as possible. Maybe if people just decided not to buy anything for a while, they'd get a chance to think about what they wanted; what they really liked.

Wandering around the shelves [of a library] from Aldous Huxley to Flagellation, Coco Chanel to Tourette's Syndrome.

We wanted to create a feeling of being inside a womb, but in a sort of sex torture chamber.

We wanted to step off our island and add the color of the third world. We got gold cigarette paper and stuck it around our teeth. We really did look like pirates and dressed to look the part.

When we were young and I fell in love with Malcolm, I thought he was beautiful and I still do. The thought of him dead is really something very sad. We hadn't been in touch for a long time.

When we were young I fell in love with Malcolm [McLaren]. I thought he was beautiful and I still do. I thought he was a very charismatic, special and talented person. The thought of him dead is really something very sad.

However, because Britain is young and exciting, I did show my second line here once or twice.

It is extremely difficult to say how long the process actually took to finally achieve my fragrance, Boudoir, because there was a lot of time waiting around for other people.

I am attracted to people who make this effort in knowing what suits them - they are individual and stylish.

It is not possible for a man to be elegant without a touch of femininity.

I don't have space to enter into the examples or the history of this, so I'm left with having to make the bold statement that culture is extinct.

My manifesto is saying, essentially, every time you learn something, you see something you understand, you are helping to change the world and you are a freedom fighter. Even if it just means looking a word up in the dictionary you didn't know before.

I think dress, hairstyle and make-up are the crucial factors in projecting an attractive persona and give one the chance to enhance one's best physical features.

I think feminists are unaware of the tremendous extent of the role of women in history.

I think some people would love to be able to make the clothes I make - and of course, I do influence them, but they keep simplifying, and minimalism doesn't quite work.

I think stamped-out clothing is just for clones and I think that everybody looks terribly miserable. Fashion is life-enhancing and I think it's a lovely, generous thing to do for other people.

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British Punk and New Wave Fashion Designer and Businesswoman