Monday, May 16, 2011

Blog 1B - Vivienne Westwood - Sam.C

Westwood studied at the Harrow School of Art, studying fashion and silver smithing but left after one term quoting “I didn’t know how a working-class girl like me, could possibly make a living in the art world.”

However in 1971 after her failed marriage to Derek Westwood, Vivienne Westwood met Malcolm McLaren who decided to open a boutique at 430 King’s Road called “Let it Rock. The clothing line was inspired from bikers, fetishists and prostitutes. During this time McLaren became the Manager for the Sex Pistols and so they begun wearing Westwood’s clothing range.

Westwood’s first catwalk was in 1981, with the theme Pirates. Between 1988 – 1992 Was dubbed by Westwood as “The Pagan Years.” These years drew inspiration from the upper class women.

From 1993 – 1999 was Anglo mania, and from 2000- present was “Exploration.”

Westwood’s 2005/06 Autumn/Winter collection drew inspiration from Wolfords exclusive knitting technology. Westwood has since wo

rked close with Wolford since 2003.

And many more companies who have either used her name or she has worked close with them, helping with designs and experimenting in another areas of design.

Westwood also had many of her collections seen in the 2008 film Sex and the City.

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