LONDON — Vivienne Westwood, a pioneering figure in fashion who was integral to the punk movement, passed away on Thursday at the age of 81. Her passing was reported on social media by Westwood’s brand, which stated that she passed away quietly. There was no mention of a cause.
According to the statement,
“Vivienne Westwood continued to do the things she loved, right up until the very end, designing, working on her art, writing her book, and influencing the world for the better.”
Westwood’s career in fashion began in the 1970s when her avant-garde take on urban street style swept the globe. She went on to have a long and successful career, marked by a number of successful runway shows and museum exhibitions.
Even though Westwood’s focus changed from year to year, her range was wide, and her work was never predictable. The name Westwood became synonymous with attitude and style.
She appeared to have fashion sense beyond her growing stature.
Even though she continued to have her hair dyed that distinctively vivid shade of orange. The young woman who had rejected the British establishment eventually rose to become one of its leading stars.
Her former colleagues, Westwood and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, according to Andrew Bolton, director of The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, “gave the punk movement a look, a style, and it was so radical it broke from anything in the past.”
Bolton mentioned “the ripped clothes, the safety pins, and the outrageous phrases.” “Postmodernism was introduced by her. From the mid-1970s on, it had a significant impact. The punk trend has persisted and is now ingrained in our understanding of fashion. It is now widely used.”
Westwood’s lengthy career was rife with contradictions: the queen frequently recognised her for being a lifelong renegade. Even in her 60s, she continued to dress like a youngster and became a vocal opponent of climate change, predicting the end of the world.
In her punk days, Westwood frequently wore disturbing clothing on purpose. T-shirts with illustrations of naked guys and “bondage pants” with sadomasochistic overtones were commonplace in her well-known London stores. But Westwood managed to seamlessly make the switch from punk to high couture, maintaining her career without reverting to self-parody.