Vivienne Westwood: tribute to the queen of punk fashion! That’s why she is considered a legend

In 1958 when he was seventeen, Vivienne Westwoodborn in a village in the county of Derby in England on April 8, 1941 (her father worked as a warehouse worker in an aircraft factory), leaves the jewelery course she is following at Harrow Art School after just one semester. «I didn’t see any chance for a girl of working-class origins like me to be able to support herself working in the art world».

Vivienne Westwood he does not lose heart, he finds a job in the factory and in the evening he studies to become a teacher in elementary schools, in 1962 he marries a worker in the factory where he works, Derek Westwood and designs her own wedding dress, creates and assembles her own line of jewelery and sells it at the weekend on the stalls of Portobello Road.

It’s the spark that gives birth to an icon of punk attitude and style, the ethic of Do It Yourself who in society full of creative energy and desire to rewrite the rules of post-World War II England builds a cultural revolution that starts from the street and becomes mass.

“My vision of punk was that of a life mission,” he said Vivienne Westwood, «We wanted to put a pin in the system». When in the streets of Londonand in particular a King’s Road which becomes the center of fashion and youth subcultures characters such as begin to appear John Lydonwearing a t-shirt of the Pink Floyd torn and punctured on which he wrote “I hate them” on it with sharpie, Vivienne Westwood she is ready to intercept anger and create a style. There is with her Malcolm McLarenwhom she married in 1967 after leaving Derek and with whom she opened a shop called SEX.

McLaren has been to America and worked with i New York Dolls and want to bring the style of punk’s New York in London and when John Lydon sings I’m Eighteen by Alice Cooper listening to it on the store’s jukebox SEXthe project was born Sex Pistolsthe band that changed the history of English rock with just one album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.

John Lydon becomes Johnny Rottenand by his side on the stage of the first concert on 6 November 1975 at St. Martin’s School in London are Paul Cook, Steve Jones and Glen Matlock which will be replaced by Sid Vicious. Johnny Rotten is the voice, the creative fury, Malcolm McLaren he is the (controversial) mastermind behind the gods’ revolution Sex Pistols (number one in England in November 1977), Vivienne Westwood it’s an image, a style and a fashion that lasts much longer than the band.

Viv Albertineguitarist of the band The Slits and female punk icon wrote in her biography: «Vivienne Westwood he used clothes to shock, provoke and rile the system and to inspire change. The message was: It’s totally okay not to be perfect. Her attitude was reflected in the music we made.’

After punk, Vivienne Westwood explored aesthetics New Romantic in the 80s and then between 1988 and 1991 he created the style “The Pagan Years” with which he wanted to: «make a parody of the canons of British upper class women’s clothing» and then worked with Richard Branson to create Virgin Airlines flight crew uniforms, Kink’s College London for graduation ceremony uniforms and featuring stars such as Dita von Teese (who got married to Marilyn Manson wearing one of his dresses in 2005), Marion Cotillard and with Carrie Bradshaw in the 2008 film based on the television series Sex and the City.

“My idea is to always create a link between the past, the present and the future,” he said Vivienne Westwood. In 2012, the artist Peter Blake chose her among the most important figures of English culture for the reissue of her most famous work, the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band of the Beatles. His latest provocation was on the occasion of his 80th birthday, when the contemporary art platform CIRCA founded by the artist Josef O’Connor asked her to prepare a video installation to be broadcast on the screens of Piccadilly Circus in London. Vivienne Westwood he answered the call with a ten-minute video in which on the notes of Without You, the theme of the film My Fair Lady brought together all the themes that inspired his rebellious creativity from social injustices to the arms trade to environmental catastrophe. The last message of the punk fashion icon, broadcast on the screens of the most famous square in London was: «Capitalism is a war economy and the worst pollutant. Therefore: let’s stop the war and change the economic system».

Vivienne Westwood: tribute to the queen of punk fashion! That’s why she is considered a legend