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Vivienne Westwood DBE is the queen of British fashion, the mother of the punk movement and an i-D cover girl all in one. Born in Derbyshire in 1941, she first became a household name when, in partnership with Malcolm McLaren, she invented the punk uniform. Let It Rock, SEX, Seditionaries, Pirates and Buffalo Girls were all early collections they created together at their shop in World’s End, Chelsea. There is an intellectual method to the madness of her creative energy. Historical references, techniques and fabrics are intrinsic to her approach to design. Awarded an OBE after being arrested on the night of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, she has now become a part of the establishment and she continues to oppose. In 2008 she showed her Red Label in London after almost a decade of absence from London Fashion Week and called on other British brands that now only show abroad to follow her example. Collaborating with photographer Juergen Teller on campaigns since fall winter 07/08 Teller has photographed Vivienne as model and muse to the label in various magnificent poses; bearing an axe, with a gang of Westwood fans, alongside husband Andreas Kronthaler but most famously with Pamela Anderson during the Obama campaign for the spring/summer 09 campaign. Vivienne continues to campaign towards climate change and environmental issues. 2011 saw the 40th Anniversary of the Vivienne Westwood brand. Most recently, Vivienne winked on the cover of Spring’s The Royalty Issue, photographed by Juergen Teller, interviewed inside by Terry Jones.


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