10 Interesting Facts about Vivienne Westwood

If you love to wear or buy branded things, then you should have read one of these following facts about Vivienne Westwood you might consider interesting. Vivienne Westwood is an English fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream. Westwood came to public notice when she made clothes for Malcolm McLaren’s boutique in the King’s Road, which became famous as “SEX”. To get to know more information about the designer, here are some facts about Vivienne Westwood you might like.

Facts about Vivienne Westwood 1: Early Life

Vivienne Westwood was born in the village of Tintwistle, Derbyshire, on April 8th, 1941. At the time of Vivienne’s birth, her father was employed as a storekeeper in an aircraft factory; he had previously worked as a greengrocer. She attended Glossop Grammar School. 

Facts about Vivienne Westwood 2: Career Debut

She studied at the Harrow School of Art, University of Westminster, taking fashion and silversmithing, but she left after one term. After taking up a job in a factory and studying at a teacher-training college, she became a primary school teacher. During this period, she also created her own jewellery, which she would sell at a stall on Portobello Road.

Facts about Vivienne Westwood - Vivienne Westwood

Facts about Vivienne Westwood – Vivienne Westwood

Facts about Vivienne Westwood 3: Punk Era

Westwood was deeply interested in the punk fashion phenomenon of the 1970s. The “punk style” included BDSM fashion, bondage gear, safety pins, razor blades, bicycle or lavatory chains on clothing and spiked dog collars for jewelry, as well as outrageous make-up and hair. Essential design elements include the adoption of traditional elements of Scottish design such as tartan fabric.

Facts about Vivienne Westwood 4: Vivienne Westwood Company

Westwood has six exclusively-owned shops; four in London, one in Leeds, and one in Milan. Franchise stores are located in Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, three in Manchester and most recently, in FH Mall, Nottingham, Blake Street, York, and Cardiff City Center. She also has showrooms in Milan, Paris, Los Angeles and Honolulu.

Facts about Vivienne Westwood - Family

Facts about Vivienne Westwood – Family

Facts about Vivienne Westwood 5: Artistic Collections

Her first catwalk show was presented in 1981, featuring the collaboration of Westwood and McLaren. The theme that year was “Pirates”. Westwood’s subsequent theme titles in the early years included “Savage” (1982), “Buffalo Girls” (Autumn–Winter 1982–83) and “Clint Eastwood” (Autumn–Winter 1984–85) under the Worlds Ends label.

Facts about Vivienne Westwood 6: Notable Clients

Princess Eugenie wore three different Westwood designs for the pre-wedding dinner, the wedding ceremony and the after-wedding party at the 2011 royal wedding.

Facts about Vivienne Westwood - Naomi Campbell's shoes

Facts about Vivienne Westwood – Naomi Campbell’s shoes

Facts about Vivienne Westwood 7: Artistic Influence

Westwood has influenced the launch of the careers of other designers into the British fashion industry. She employed the services of Patrick Cox to design shoes for her “Clint Eastwood” collection in 1984.

Facts about Vivienne Westwood 8: Film Adaptation

Westwood’s designs were featured in the 2008 film adaptation of the television series “Sex and the City”. In the film, Carrie Bradshaw becomes engaged to long-term lover Mr. Big. Being a writer at Vogue, she is invited by her editor to model wedding dresses, including a design made by Westwood.

Facts about Vivienne Westwood - Punk Era

Facts about Vivienne Westwood – Punk Era

Facts about Vivienne Westwood 9: Vivienne Westwood’s London

In January 2011, Westwood was featured in a Canadian-made television documentary called “Vivienne Westwood’s London” in which she takes the viewer through her favorite parts of London, including the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Wallace Collection, Whitechapel, Hamption Court, the London Symphony Orchestra, Brixton Market and Electric Avenue, and the National Gallery.

Facts about Vivienne Westwood 10: Personal Life

Westwood is currently married to her former fashion student, Austrian Andreas Kronthaler. For 30 years she lived in the council flat in Clapham until, in 2000, Kronthaler convinced her to move into a Queen Anne style house built in 1703, which once belonged to the mother of Captain Cook.

Facts about Vivienne Westwood - Vivienne Westwood Company

Facts about Vivienne Westwood – Vivienne Westwood Company

Hope you would find those Vivienne Westwood facts really interesting to read.

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