Punk icon and mythical designer, Vivienne Westwood has passed away, leaving behind almost half a century of the most extravagant creations, which changed fashion forever. A look back at her most memorable shows.
Vivienne Westwood began the 1980s as an emerging figure in the punk counterculture. The couple she formed with Malcolm McLaren created their silhouettes under the name of the World’s End boutique, located in King’s Road, from 1981. Presented for the first time at fashion shows, their collections reveal a particular artistic approach.
The very first collection, called Pirate (Fall-Winter 1981-1982), initiated a new creative process, nourished by the study of history and cultures, which Vivienne Westwood would not cease to enrich thereafter. On the advice of Malcolm McLaren, she turned to historicism with the French Revolution as her first inspiration. She will find there the notions of revolt and insurrection of the punk years in the 80s. The term pirate evokes a romantic and subversive figure, but also the quest for an escape.
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