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Vivienne Westwood, designer and fashion icon, dies at 81

The legendary designer and world fashion icon Vivienne Isabel Swire, better known as Vivienne Westwood, famous for creating the punk style and exposing herself politically in various situations, passed away on December 29 at the age of 81, in London, United Kingdom .

The unfortunate news was released through a statement released on the designer’s commercial Twitter account. However, her cause of death was not revealed, but it is reported that she “died peacefully surrounded by her family.”

Announcement of the death of Vivienne Westwood

December 29, 2022. Vivienne Westwood died today, peacefully and surrounded by her family, in Clapham, South London. The world needs people like Vivienne to get better.

Born on April 8, 1941 in Tintwistle, a town in the county of Derbyshire, England, Vivienne Isabel Swire kept the surname of her first husband, Derek Westwood, with whom she had Ben Westwood and divorced in 1966.

Vivienne Westwood waving

Vivienne began designing clothes in 1971, when she opened a shop at 430 King’s Road, London, with her partner Malcolm McLaren, who later became the manager of the Sex Pistols. From her relationship with McLaren, which lasted until 1983, Joseph Corré was born, who in 1994 founded the Agent Provocateur lingerie company.

The British became synonymous with punk and new wave in the 1970s, leading her to dress big names in the fashion world over the past 50 years. In addition, she marked her career with acts of rebellion, characterized by her social and political activism.

Vivienne Westwood

In 1989, she dressed as then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for a magazine cover. Three years later, she went without underwear to the ceremony in which she received the title of Dame of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II.

Viviane Westwood never renounced political activism and appealed to responsible consumption, even referring to the clothes she sold. In her spring-summer 2013 collection she directly alluded to climate change, and in 2015 she drove a white tank past the home of British leader David Cameron to protest against climate change. fracking.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood’s work left its mark on popular culture. For example, the character in the hit sex and the city Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, wore iconic Westwood dresses.

There is no actress, singer or model who has not wanted to attend, at least once, a red carpet dressed in one of Vivienne Westwood’s creations. The “godmother of punk” was the favorite of celebrities such as Pamela Anderson, Salma Hayek, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa, Blake Lively, Zendaya, among others.

Source: Okchicas

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