An icon of the fashion world, Dame Vivienne Westwood has such distinctive style and creative talent that she has been captivating people across the world for decades. This week sees the launch of Vivienne Westwood, a memoir and biography penned collaboratively by Ian Kelly and the designer herself.
The publication brings various voices together to tell the story of the original wild child of the British fashion scene. As well as talking to Westwood, award-winning biographer Kelly spent two years gathering contributions from the designer’s vast network of friends, family members and associates. From celebrities and public figures including Jerry Hall and the Prince of Wales, to some of Westwood’s closest family members, a unique narrative of diverse voices creates an intimate picture of a woman who has changed the face of fashion.
From working with Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols in the 1970s to her fierce support of the fight against climate change, Vivienne Westwood has always striven to be different. In her own words, she fights against ‘conformity’. For the first time her fans have a real insight into the workings of her mind. This is a fascinating read.
Vivienne Westwood by Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly, £25
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