Vogue on Vivienne Westwood

Sienna Miller, Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler | www.viviennewestwood.co.uk

Sienna Miller, Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler | http://www.viviennewestwood.co.uk

In a previous life, two classmates and I decided to do our major report in the final year of high school on the Punk movement of the ’70s. It covered much ground – a little bit of music, Sociology, a creative aspect, and History, what more can teachers desire? – and it was for us, alternative outcasts, an interesting and inspiring topic.
During my teen years I was never really interested in fashion – up until then I expressed myself in my looks through pink pixie hair, home made dreadlocks (fail!), baggy pants and the whole shebang – but getting deeper into this political movement, how can you not stumble upon and be captivated by Vivienne Westwood? I remember being genuinely surprised that fashion could also be edgy, a political statement, and so well known and respected even if it’s out of the ordinary.

My teenage excitement and curiosity for this one-of-a-kind-breed-of-a-woman got rekindled when I found out just a few days ago that the series ‘Vogue on Designers’ have now released a ‘Vogue on Vivienne Westwood’ book. The concept of the book series is simple: the pages contain sketches and photography from the Condé Nast archive, and will offer Vogue’s view of what makes the designer so influential. Designers they have focussed on in the past are Dior, Givenchy, and Chanel to name but a few.

Linda Watson, renowned fashion writer and author of Vogue On Vivienne Westwood, assisted Westwood on two collections before switching to journalism. “Historically, Vivienne Westwood’s contribution to fashion is unsurpassed,” Watson told Vogue. “For over 40 years she’s questioned the status quo. Punk is a case in point. Created in the Seventies, its impact is still evident today. Since then, she’s become the queen of experimental cutting, relentlessly combining innovation with tradition.”
The book looks back on her origins in punk, brings some of her most daring and risqué designs into the spotlight, and explore the still flourishing career of Britain’s reigning fashion queen.

Some of my personal favourite designs by Vivienne Westwood:

Vogue On Vivienne Westwood is now available on Amazon for only €15,95!