Vivienne Westwood, born Vivienne Isabel Swire

Vivienne
Westwood, born Vivienne Isabel Swire
1941

British Punk and New Wave Fashion Designer and Businesswoman

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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.

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.

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.

I thought Sex And The City was supposed to be about cutting-edge fashion and there was nothing remotely memorable or interesting about what I saw...I went to the premiere and left after ten minutes.

I was still interested in the youth rebellion but never-the-less I stopped being a victim. Stopped trying to attack the establishment realizing that it takes too much of your energy.

I was the first person to have a punk rock hairstyle.

But, the thing is, since I always had my own little shop and direct access to the public, I've been able to build up a technique without marketing people ever telling me what the public wants.

I was walking down the street in rubber negligées and high-heel stiletto shoes at a time when other people were wearing denim, flares and platforms. You felt very heroic. I knew I looked good.

Even though it was the 70s, we found old stocks of clothes that had never been worn from the 50s and took them apart. I started to teach myself how to make clothes from that kind of formula.

If people are not thinking then we really don't have any future.

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First Name
Vivienne
Last Name
Westwood, born Vivienne Isabel Swire
Birth Date
1941
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British Punk and New Wave Fashion Designer and Businesswoman