She’s the designer that helped to put punk on the map and today she turns 74. The dame of British style has been named Designer of the Year twice and has an OBE under her belt. Showing not one but two collections over Fashion Month (London and Paris), Vivienne Westwood is famed for her rebellious streak and protest catwalks. Yep, she did it way before Chanel. Happy birthday to the great VW! We can only imagine the designer birthday cake… Here’s why you should be celebrating her too:
The most famous fall in fashion: Vivienne Westwood’s towering nine-inch heels were responsible for Naomi Campbell’s spectacular catwalk tumble in 1993. The supermodel reunited with the iconic platforms (this time, upright) on the Jonathan Ross show 20 years later.
The quirky model line-up: VW shuns stereotypical supers for characters – and height restrictions don’t apply… Famous walkers include Pamela Anderson, Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, Alice Dellal and Jaime Winstone. Phew!
The political protests: Eat your heart out, David Cameron. VW’s catwalks come stamped with a clear message about her manifestos including Scottish independence, gender equality and Climate Revolution. We vote Viv.
The birth of punk: Vivienne shook up the fashion world with the legendary Kings Road boutique she opened with Sex Pistols’ Malcolm McLaren. The store name changed a whopping five times, including Let it Rock in 1971 and SEX in 1974.
The dream wedding dress: Okay, she didn’t make it down the aisle but Carrie Bradshaw almost wed Mr Big in a dramatic Vivienne Westwood Gold Label gown in the first Sex and the City movie. Inspired by SJP (we like to think) Miss Piggy wore a Westwood wedding dress for 2014’s Muppets Most Wanted film.
The It hat: Probably the most famous hat in the world… Vivienne Westwood’s super-sized headwear made Pharrell Williams very Happy.
By Lisa Haynes