Iconic British designer Vivienne Westwood has died.
News of her passing was confirmed over the designer’s official social channels, confirming that she had died “peacefully” surrounded by her family.
In the short statement, it noted: “The world needs people like Vivienne to make a change for the better.”
29th December 2022.
Vivienne Westwood died today, peacefully and surrounded by her family, in Clapham, South London.
The world needs people like Vivienne to make a change for the better. pic.twitter.com/YQwVixYUrVmdash; Vivienne Westwood (@FollowWestwood) December 29, 2022
Born in 1941, Vivienne Westwood was drawn to fashion and visual arts from her adolescence, and first gained wider prominence through her involvement with a number of shops located at 430 Kings Road in West London.
Let It Rock evolved into SEX, with Vivienne Westwood – alongside then-partner Malcolm McLaren – essentially codifying the fashions of what would become known as punk. A daring, explicit revolt into style, her work influenced a generation of musicians and designers, becoming a line in the sand for post-war British culture.
An influence on New Romantic fashion, Vivienne Westwood continued to walk her own path, forever blitzing the barriers between fashion, music, and visual art.
The Westwood brand grew into an International success story, while her political activism saw the designer inject a social-political purpose into her visual flair.
Becoming a Dame, Vivienne Westwood’s journey took her from working class suburbia to becoming a one-woman revolution in British design.
Photo Credit: Mattia Passeri