Vivienne Westwood, born Vivienne Isabel Swire

Westwood, born Vivienne Isabel Swire

British Punk and New Wave Fashion Designer and Businesswoman

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Every time I hear that word, I cringe. Fun! I think it's disgusting; it's just running around. It's not my idea of pleasure.

If you ask me what I think people should be getting next season. I'll tell you what I'd like them to buy—nothing. I'd like people to stop buying and buying and buying...

Fashion is about eventually becoming naked.

I'm anti-feminist. They don't see the wood for the trees and everything has to be viewed from this feminist point of view. I know women have suffered and I think it's great that people stand up for women's rights but the problem with feminists is that they somehow consider women to be superior beings. And in the end, they just want to be men anyway. They want to do men's work.

Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.

In Italy they take cheap cloth and make it look expensive, but I take expensive cloth and make it look cheap. They just don't understand.

Feminists wish women to seem like men. They're not men.

Intelligence is composed mostly of imagination, insight, things that have nothing to do with reason.

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.

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