FEMAIL takes a look at Dame Vivienne Westwood’s boldest outfits after she died aged 81
Dame Vivienne Westwood was remembered as “a true revolutionary and rebellious force in fashion” after her death yesterday aged 81.
The pioneering fashion designer died peacefully surrounded by her family in Clapham, south London, her representatives have said.
She first made a name for herself on the fashion scene in the 1970s with her androgynous designs, slogan T-shirts and irreverent attitude towards the establishment.
But throughout her long fashion career, Dame Vivienne never failed to create surprising, mesmerizing and stunning looks. Here we take a look at some of her most iconic outfits.
Dame Vivienne Westwood became Command when she received her OBE from the Queen in 1992
She was one of the most influential British fashion designers of the 20th century and cultivated the punk rock movement with her unmistakably political designs.
As the person who dressed the Sex Pistols, Dame Vivienne was synonymous with 1970s punk rock, a rebellious spirit that stayed with her throughout her career, including being in command when she received her OBE from the Queen.
“The only reason I’m in fashion is to destroy the word ‘conformity,'” she said in her 2014 bio. “Nothing is interesting to me if it doesn’t have that element.”
Born in Derbyshire, Dame Vivienne is largely credited with bringing punk and new wave fashion into the mainstream with her eccentric creations.
Kate Moss famously wore a tiny Vivienne Westwood miniskirt when she went topless on a runway show in 1993
Princess Eugenie (pictured left, with Princess Beatrice) also wore three Westwood designs for various elements of William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding
Pop star Dua Lipa wore a striking Vivienne Westwood look to the 2021 Brit Awards
Red carpet looks: Olivia Rodrigo shone in a Vivienne Westwood gown while attending the 64th Annual Grammy Awards earlier this year (pictured left), while Zendaya stunned in a look by the designer in 2015 (pictured right).
Her designs have been regularly worn by high profile personalities including Dita Von Teese who wore a purple Westwood wedding dress to wed Marilyn Manson.
Princess Eugenie also wore three Westwood designs for different elements of William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding.
Dame Vivienne’s designs were also featured in the 2008 film adaptation of Sex And The City, starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw.
Some of her most famous creations include the mini crini, bustle skirts, bondage pants and 12 inch platform shoes, the kind that made supermodel Naomi Campbell famous.
Rihanna performs during the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The singer opted for a daring Vivienne Westwood gown
Pharrell Williams made headlines at the 2014 Grammy Awards with this eye-catching vintage Vivienne Westwood hat
She pioneered the idea of underwear as outerwear, and Madonna’s iconic tapered bra worn on her Blonde Ambition tour, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, would likely never have come to be without Dame Vivienne.
She also transformed the corset from a symbol of female oppression to a symbol of power and sexual freedom.
In August, Kate Moss revealed she was berated by her daughter Lila for one of her boldest runway looks when she famously wore a tiny Vivienne Westwood mini skirt while walking topless on a runway show.
The 48-year-old repeated her daring look on the catwalk in a video for British Vogue, explaining that Lila Grace, 20, found her skirt way too short before admitting she’s still reaching out to her teenage daughter when it comes to fashion advice.
Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood walks the runway during the Vivienne Westwood Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2008 show as part of Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2007
Dame Vivienne’s designs were also featured in the 2008 film adaptation of Sex And The City, starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw. Pictured is Sarah’s character Carrie in a dress designed by Dame Vivienne
Naomi Campbell models an ensemble by Vivienne Westwood
Kate strutted for Vivienne Westwood in 1993, wearing her miniskirt with nothing but a pair of wobbly heels, going topless and licking an ice cream cone — which made headlines at the time.
“That was one of my favorites,” Kate began.
“It’s a Vivienne Westwood show and it was a magnum and they just said, ‘Eat this if you go topless.’ And I said, ‘Yes, I’ll try.’
“I did it. And these paragraphs too. This skirt, I have one and Lila, she says, “Mommy! It’s so short! ‘Yes, you shall see your knickers.’
Kate added: “This collection was so beautiful, I am very lucky to have had this experience.”
Elle Fanning attends the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2017 wearing a design by Vivienne Westwood
FKA branches in Vivienne Westwood look attending the 2019 Sundance Film Festival
Figures from across the entertainment industry were among those who remembered Dame Vivienne after her death, and singer Boy George tweeted, “RIP to the amazing and inspirational Vivienne Westwood who has guided us through punk and beyond.
“Ridiculated by the fashion industry but without question she is the undisputed queen of British fashion. I love you! Oh, bondage, yours!’
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) described Dame Vivienne as “a true revolutionary and rebellious force in fashion”.
One tweet said: “We are saddened to learn of the passing of legendary designer Vivienne Westwood. A truly revolutionary and rebellious force in fashion.”
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