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Vivienne Westwood

British, b. 1941

For someone who regularly swats away the industry that made her, audacious British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood certainly knows her way around a garment. And she knows how to provoke. “I don’t follow fashion,” Westwood once told the New York Times. “I’ve never been interested in it.”

Westwood was born Vivienne Isabel Swire in a village in Derbyshire, in central England, but moved to London as a teen. In the early 1960s, she began to make her own jewelry and met an artist, activist and entrepreneur named Malcolm McLaren. They became involved romantically and she made clothes for him in the style of the Teddy Boys — the city’s music-crazed, occasionally violent teenagers at the time who wore high-waisted trousers and tailored velvet blazers that drew on Edwardian-era fashions.

Westwood and McLaren opened a vintage shop on King’s Road in London in 1971. The flared denim and peasant blouses of the 1960s, then still popular with the “peace and love” set, didn’t hold any weight for Westwood. Instead, she was interested in provocative, edgy apparel. She repaired used clothing and endeavored to create bold new designs from scratch.

Together Westwood and McLaren sold older rock-and-roll records, customized T-shirts with antiestablishment slogans, biker jackets and snug trousers inspired by the Marlon Brando film The Wild One as well as bondage fetish wear. The shop, once called Let It Rock and then Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die before Sex became a more appropriate moniker, evolved into a youth mecca. The DIY garments — zippered tops, burnt tees emblazoned with anarchist messages — flew off the shelves. More notably, it brought punk to the masses. Westwood was soon dressing the Sex Pistols, a band that McLaren managed, all the while bridging the gap between music and fashion in a manner that has reverberated throughout the industry for decades.

In 1981, the couple’s first fashion show marked the debut of their Pirate collection — a swashbuckler-themed line that sprang from Westwood’s research into Indigenous Americans and the “power garments” of the Louis XIV era. The collection’s ample proportions and cutting-edge tailoring countered punk’s geometry and tight latex fits as well as what rocker Adam Ant called the “Puritanism” that plagued England at the time. The Pirate collection’s enduring influence on the world of fashion as well as the theatrical work of designers such as John Galliano and Alexander McQueen is undeniable.

The self-taught Westwood enjoyed a rapid ascent in fashion, with British society embracing her looks and Vogue immortalizing them in its glossy pages. She’s dressed Kate Moss and Helena Bonham Carter, and a wedding dress that she created is featured in 2008’s Sex and the City film.

Today, the fires of political and environmental activism burn brightly for Westwood: She is a Greenpeace ambassador, having designed the organization’s official “Save the Arctic” logo; her clothing brand is committed to using recycled canvas and other eco-friendly materials in the production process; and in 2020, she protested the extradition of Julian Assange by suspending herself in a bird cage outside London’s Old Bailey court. But she will always be the grande dame of British design.

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Creator: Vivienne Westwood
Thistle Gold Hand-Knotted 10x8 Rug in Wool and Silk by Vivienne Westwood
By Vivienne Westwood, The Rug Company
Located in London, GB
The thistle gold modern rug is a gesture to Vivienne's affinity with Scotland; an abstract graphic of the regal milk thistle. The beautiful design is hand knotted with silk yarns on ...
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Pair of 1985 Vivienne Westwood Iconic Rocking Horse Shoes
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Pair of iconic Vivienne Westwood rocking horse ballerina shoes, circa 1985 The shoes are in excellent vintage condition and are a size 8.
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Thistle Gold Hand-Knotted 14x10 Rug in Wool and Silk by Vivienne Westwood
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Iconic Rare Pair of Vivienne Westwood Shoes
By Vivienne Westwood
Located in New York, NY
True collectors dream. Iconic pair of rare gold leather platform shoes by Vivienne Westwood. These were made especially for the runway and are in a British size 9 There are a few ...
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1990s English Vivienne Westwood

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Regalia Hand-Knotted 10x8 Rug in Wool and Silk by Vivienne Westwood
By Vivienne Westwood, The Rug Company
Located in London, GB
Regalia is inspired by the pomp of ceremonial dress, layered sashes of regal colors interlock to create a beautifully turned out design that elevates any occasion. Craftsmanship: ha...
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Thistle Pewter Hand-Knotted 10x8 Rug in Wool and Silk by Vivienne Westwood
By Vivienne Westwood, The Rug Company
Located in London, GB
The Thistle Pewter modern rug is a gesture to Vivienne's affinity with Scotland; an abstract graphic of the regal milk thistle. The beautiful design is hand-knotted with silk yarns o...
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Magnolia Ice Hand-Knotted 10x8 Rug in Wool and Silk by Vivienne Westwood
By Vivienne Westwood, The Rug Company
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The Magnolia motif first appeared in Westwood's Autumn Winter 2000/01 collection, the first in the long-running 'Exploration' theme. There are three plump blooms on each hand-knotted...
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Highland Hand-Knotted 10x8 Rug in Wool by Vivienne Westwood
By Vivienne Westwood, The Rug Company
Located in London, GB
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Vivienne Westwood Super Rare Cut and Slash Cardigan
By Vivienne Westwood
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1990s English Vivienne Westwood

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Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter, 1990 Portrait Collection
By Vivienne Westwood
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Rare Vivienne Westwood autumn/winter 1990 'Portrait collection' Brown viscose top printed with a silver neoclassical design inspired by the mirror with Marquetry by André-Charles Bo...
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Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter, 1990 Portrait Collection
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Thistle Gold Hand-Knotted 12x9 Rug in Wool and Silk by Vivienne Westwood
By Vivienne Westwood, The Rug Company
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Vivienne Westwood Iconic and Super Rare Cut and Slash Cardigan
By Vivienne Westwood
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1990s English Vivienne Westwood

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Chenille

Thistle Gold Hand-Knotted 6x4 Rug in Wool and Silk by Vivienne Westwood
By Vivienne Westwood, The Rug Company
Located in London, GB
The Thistle Gold modern rug is a gesture to Vivienne's affinity with Scotland; an abstract graphic of the regal milk thistle. The beautiful design is hand-knotted with silk yarns on ...
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Thistle Gold Hand-Knotted 9x6 Rug in Wool and Silk by Vivienne Westwood
By Vivienne Westwood, The Rug Company
Located in London, GB
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Iconic Rare Pair of Vivienne Westwood Shoes
By Vivienne Westwood
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Vivienne Westwood furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture by Vivienne Westwood is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. In our Vivienne Westwood collection, there are many options to choose from, although gold editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 7 vintage editions of these items, while there are 9 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of Vivienne Westwood's original furniture was created in modern South Asia during the 21st century and contemporary style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Helen Amy Murray and Alexander McQueen. Vivienne Westwood furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $2,500 and tops out at $35,700, while pieces like these can sell for $11,900 on average.

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