TRIBUTE TO VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode pays tribute to Vivienne Westwood who passed away on Thursday December 29, 2022 at the age of 81. 

 

Born on 8 April 1941 in Glossop, Derbyshire, England, Vivienne Westwood studied fashion in London at Harrow School of Art. From the moment she opened her first boutique in 1971 alongside Malcolm McLaren, future manager of the Sex Pistols, she became the pioneer of punk fashion, drawing inspiration from British subcultures. She presented her first collection, «Pirates», in London in 1981 and then started showing in Paris the following year, making her one of the first British designers to join the Official Calendar, before becoming a Member of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. 

 

« Vivienne Westwood has reshaped the codes of clothing and created a unique style, with as much talent as conviction. A major figure of Paris Fashion Week, she was also a pioneer of sustainable fashion. »
Bruno Pavlovsky, President of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode 

 

« Vivienne Westwood was a major fashion designer, which she seamlessly blended with music during the rise of the punk movement. She has consistently and gracefully married irreverence with the sense of responsibility. »
Pascal Morand, Executive President of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode