Vivienne Westwood, born Vivienne Isabel Swire

Westwood, born Vivienne Isabel Swire

British Punk and New Wave Fashion Designer and Businesswoman

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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.

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.

But, having a perfume and license, in general, is a financial necessity. A designer must, to reap back the money spent on prototypes and all that sort of thing.

Purposes evolve from men’s needs... Philosophy is anthropocentric.

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British Punk and New Wave Fashion Designer and Businesswoman