Vivienne Westwood, the High Priestess of British Punk Fashion, passed away at 81

Vivienne Westwood, a fashion designer and activist, passed away on Dec 29th (local time) at 81 years old.

Vivienne Westwood Fashion House reported the news on its official SNS, saying, “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.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood, along with English rock legend Sex Pistols in the 1970s, has played an important role in the birth of the London punk culture. Since the 1980s, she has been an artist with great influence on culture beyond fashion, expressing the exploration process of overturning concepts related to history, tradition, culture, and sexuality into the world of art and fashion.

Vivienne Westwood

As an icon of resistance in the fashion world, she was not afraid to speak out about climate change and environmental pollution. In recognition of her contribution to the development of British fashion, she was named the British Designer of the Year in 1990 and 1991. She was also awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1992 and advanced from OBE to DBE (Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2006.

Vivienne Westwood

Fellow designer Marc Jacobs wrote on his Instagram, “You did it first. Always. Incredible style with brilliant and meaningful substance. I continue to learn from your words, and, all of your extraordinary creations.

She was a designer loved by many celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Dua Lipa, Hailey Baldwin and Olivia Rodrigo. Public figures around the world, such as fashion designer Victoria Beckham and UK Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan, are expressing their condolences on the death of Vivienne Westwood, the representative of the British fashion industry.

Source: Daum

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