Thursday, April 8, 2021


Today Vivienne Westwood, British fashion icon turns 80. Born in the English Midlands on April 8, 1941, this year not only celebrates her birthday but also the half-century since her debut in Swinging London and the 40th anniversary of her first runway show destined to consecrate her rebel queen of fashion. She began designing clothes in 1971 with her partner Malcom McLaren, selling them in the historic London boutique at 430 Kings Road. In 1981, the designer walk on the catwalk for the first time: the collection is called Pirates and inaugurates a new season of her creative language, the New Romantic. After the crests, pins and nails of the 70s rebels, come the corsets, the 80s crinolines. In 1992 she was awarded the prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth. In the same year, the designer married one of her pupils from the Vienna School of Fashion, Andreas Kronthaler, 25 years younger, who from that moment became the right hand until he inherited the creative direction of the brand in 2016.

Malcom McLaren& Vivienne Westwood 1977

Vivienne Westwood with Andreas Kronthaler


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