vivienne westwood is publishing six years of her personal diaries

On the occasion of her 75th birthday, the legendary British designer and eco punk hero has announced the publication of her personal journal entries in the forthcoming tell-all, ‘Get a Life.’

by Emily Manning
08 April 2016, 3:35pm

Photography Juergen Teller

75 years ago today, Dame Vivienne Westwood came crashing into the world with a rebel yell! And since 1971 -- when she and late husband Malcolm McLaren opened up the boundary-breaking boutique Sex at 430 King's Road -- she's been fusing fashion, music, art, and social activism as the world's ultimate punk icon. On the occasion of her birthday, Dame Viv has announced the publication of Get a Life, a new book which spans six years of her personal diary entries.

"My diaries are about the things I care about. Not just fashion but art and writing, human rights, climate change, freedom," Westwood said in a statement via the book's publisher, Serpent's Tail. Her more recent designs and activist ambitions have been among her boldest moves ever: her fall/winter 16 and spring/summer 16 collections were boldly genderqueer odes to Venice, a historic city and rich culture in peril as sea level rises due to global climate change. Past collections have taken equally strong stances against fracking, an issue that Dame Viv challenged PM David Cameron on directly when she rolled up to his countryside crib in a straight-up tank last September. "I call the diaries Get a Life as that's how I feel: you've got to get involved, speak out, and take action." Right on!

Get a Life: The Diaries of Vivienne Westwood will hit shelves on October 6, 2016, coinciding with the UK's 40th Anniversary of Punk celebrations (an occasion Westwood's son, Joe Corre, plans to protest in the most punk way possible). Until then, you can revisit Westwood's interview in i-D's 35th Birthday Issue. Long live the queen of punk! 


Text Emily Manning
Photography Juergen Teller
Styling Vivienne Westwood
The Royalty Issue, i-D No. 318, 2012

Vivienne Westwood
get a life