Vivienne Westwood, born Vivienne Isabel Swire

Vivienne
Westwood, born Vivienne Isabel Swire
1941

British Punk and New Wave Fashion Designer and Businesswoman

Author Quotes

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.

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.

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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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