Dame Vivienne Westwood, the fashion designer, activist, and iconoclast, has died today at the age of 81.
Westwood merged clothing and music to shape the 1970s UK punk scene and used fashion to promote the campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, climate change, and civil rights groups as well as supporting the WikiLeaks founder.
“Vivienne Westwood died today, peacefully and surrounded by her family, in Clapham, South London,” the statement said.
29th December 2022.
Vivienne Westwood died today, peacefully and surrounded by her family, in Clapham, South London.
The world needs people like Vivienne to make a change for the better. pic.twitter.com/YQwVixYUrV
— Vivienne Westwood (@FollowWestwood) December 29, 2022
The impact Vivienne Westwood had will remain unmatched.
She not only influenced fashion in the west but her work has been referenced and has been an inspiration in various Manga/anime, famously in Nana.
Tributes continue to pour in on social media timelines for the iconic British fashion designer.
I wonder how Vivienne Westwood would describe her life
Some amazing stories on twitter from owning Vivienne Westwood pieces to working and meeting her.
I never met Vivienne but often would visit the store in Mayfair as a student in the noughties pic.twitter.com/koiPhllKa2
— Masato Jones (@masato_jones) December 29, 2022
I feel like “footballing legend Pelé is dead, Andrew Tate arrested for human trafficking in Romania, fashion designer and iconoclast Vivienne Westwood is also dead” is far too much for one evening
— Jason Okundaye (@jasebyjason) December 29, 2022
Rest in peace Dame Vivienne Westwood. A true British icon and the visionary behind our iconic uniform design that we’ve been proudly wearing since 2014 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ZoJayJMgmE
— virginatlantic (@VirginAtlantic) December 29, 2022
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) December 30, 2022
Our wonderful friend Vivienne Westwood has left us. A fierce campaigner and a true altruist, she fought to #FreeAssange and for humanity’s future.
— Stella Assange #FreeAssangeNOW (@Stella_Assange) December 29, 2022
Mother of Punk.
— Rough Trade (@RoughTrade) December 29, 2022
RIP Dame Vivienne Westwood. I have always admired the provocative and historical influences in Westwood's designs, such as her 1996 silk faille Watteau evening dress that looked at the construction of 18th C. sack dresses through a contemporary lens. @V_and_A #VivienneWestwood pic.twitter.com/FgjmYNkjea
— Victoria Haddock (@vickyhaddock) December 29, 2022