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Vivienne Westwood is an award winning British fashion designer

InformationDetail
BirthdayApril 8, 1941
NationalityBritish
FamousFashion Designers, School Dropouts, Goldsmiths College, Goldsmiths, University Of London, Fashion, Fashion Designers
SpousesAndreas Kronthaler (m. 1992), Derek Westwood (m. 1962–1965)
Known asVivienne Westwood
Childrens Ben Westwood, Joseph Corré
Universities
  • Goldsmiths College,Goldsmiths, University Of London
  • Middlesex University
  • Goldsmiths College
  • University of Westminster
Notable Alumnis
  • Goldsmiths College
  • Goldsmiths
  • University Of London
Birth PlaceTintwistle
GenderFemale
FatherGordon Swire
MotherDora Swire
Net Worth$50 Million as of Jan 29,2017
Sun SignAries
Born inTintwistle
Famous asBritish fashion designer

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Who is Dame Vivienne Westwood?

Vivienne Westwood is a legendary British fashion designer who made an immense contribution to the field of international fashion and style. In a career span of over 34 years, Westwood is one of the most influential and respected designers in the fashion industry. Her untiringly individualistic designs are symbols of potent originality and also exhibit elements of punk style. She brought back the punk movement and integrated it into mainstream fashion. Considered one of the world’s most unique and outspoken fashion designers, Westwood has also designed for the British Royalty including Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the second wife of the Prince of Wales, Charles and Princess Eugenie of York. She has also designed for actress Cameron Diaz and artist Tracey Emin. She has established herself as one of the most commercially successful designers in the world and her label ‘The Vivienne Westwood’ has been launched across various countries. She also has her own range of perfumes, accessories and a wide array of other merchandise that is sold all across the globe. To learn more interesting facts about her childhood, personal life and achievements in the field of fashion, scroll down and continue to read this biography.

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Childhood & Early Life

She was born as Vivienne Isabel Swire in Tintwistle, Derbyshire to Gordon Swire, a greengrocer and storekeeper and Dora Swire.

She graduated from the Glossop Grammar School and in 1958, when her family relocated to London; she attended the Harrow School of Art at Westminster University, where she studied fashion and silversmithing for a term, after which she dropped out of college.

After leaving college, she went on to work at a factory and later attended a teachers training college and subsequently became a primary school teacher.

Career

In 1971, she designed clothes for Malcolm McLaren’s boutique ‘430 King's Road’ and their designs gained mainstream attention, after the band ‘Sex Pistols’ flaunted their designs.

In 1981, ‘430 King's Road’ showcased its designs for the first time on the ramp. The theme of the show was ‘pirates’ and the following year the theme was ‘Buffalo Girls’.

In 1990, she launched her own exclusive line of a complete menswear collection and the same year she opened ‘The Vivienne Westwood shop’ in London.

In 1992, she started designing wedding gowns and also worked with the watch company ‘Swatch’, for which she designed a watch collection named ‘Putti’.

In 1993, she collaborated with ‘Swatch’ for the second time and created ‘Orb’, which is an exclusive range of watches. That following year, she also designed for the carpet company, Brinton’s.

In 1999, she opened her first store in New York and the same year she launched her line of eyewear and the ‘Coquetteries' collection, a line of toiletries and body products.

In 2000, she showcased her collection titled 'Vivienne Westwood: the collection of Romilly McAlpine at The Museum of London. That year, she also launched her own fragrance called, ‘Libertine’.

In 2003, she opened her store in Milan and Liverpool and the previous year she opened a store and an accessories shop in Hong Kong.

From November 2004 to January 2005, her retrospective show called ‘Vivienne Westwood - 34 years in fashion’ was showcased at The National Gallery of Australia.

In 2006, she collaborated with Nine West, a shoe brand. Even though she does not directly design for the band, her name is associated with the label.

In 2009, she designed for Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the second wife of the Prince of Wales, Charles. Camilla wore her designs to the royal Ascot, a major race event in the Britain.

A couple of years later, she designed for Princess Eugenie of York, who wore her designs at the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. That year her collection was showcased at The Brandery fashion show, held in Barcelona.

In 2012, she worked with The Woolmark Company, for whom she created a twelve piece luxury collection that was made from some of the finest wool procured from Australia.

Major Works

She has designed for the 2011 royal wedding attendee, Princess Eugenie of York and has also designed for Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the second wife of the Prince of Wales, Charles.

‘The Vivienne Westwood’ label is an internationally recognized designer label that has four boutiques in London, one boutique in Leeds and also one situated in Milan, Italy. Other branches are located in Los Angeles, Paris, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow and Manchester.

Awards & Achievements

In 1992, she was the recipient of the title, ‘The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’, which was conferred to her by Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace.

In 2007, she was the awarded the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design’ at the British Fashion Awards.

In 2010, she was the recipient of the Prince Philip Designers Prize.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1962, she married Derek Westwood, who was at that time an apprentice at the hoover factory in Harrow, London. The following year, they had a son. The marriage ended in divorce in 1965.

She became romantically involved with Malcolm McLaren, an English artist, with whom she had a child.

In 1992, she married Andreas Kronthaler, her former student and the couple live together in a Queen Anne style house in Britian.

In 2008, she canvassed for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, which was held at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, Berkshire.

Trivia

In 2003, this London based fashion designer made her male models wear fake breasts on the ramp. The models reportedly wore them below their polo neck shirts and cashmere sweaters.

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Dame Vivienne Westwood awards

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1990 - British Fashion Designer of the Year
1991 - British Fashion Designer of the Year
2006 - British Fashion Designer of the Year

Dame Vivienne Westwood biography timelines

  • // 8th Apr 1941
    She was born as Vivienne Isabel Swire in Tintwistle, Derbyshire to Gordon Swire, a greengrocer and storekeeper and Dora Swire.
  • // 1958
    She graduated from the Glossop Grammar School and in 1958, when her family relocated to London; she attended the Harrow School of Art at Westminster University, where she studied fashion and silversmithing for a term, after which she dropped out of college.
  • // 1962 To 1965
    In 1962, she married Derek Westwood, who was at that time an apprentice at the hoover factory in Harrow, London. The following year, they had a son. The marriage ended in divorce in 1965.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, she designed clothes for Malcolm McLaren’s boutique ‘430 King's Road’ and their designs gained mainstream attention, after the band ‘Sex Pistols’ flaunted their designs.
  • // 1981
    In 1981, ‘430 King's Road’ showcased its designs for the first time on the ramp. The theme of the show was ‘pirates’ and the following year the theme was ‘Buffalo Girls’.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, she launched her own exclusive line of a complete menswear collection and the same year she opened ‘The Vivienne Westwood shop’ in London.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, she started designing wedding gowns and also worked with the watch company ‘Swatch’, for which she designed a watch collection named ‘Putti’.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, she was the recipient of the title, ‘The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’, which was conferred to her by Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, she married Andreas Kronthaler, her former student and the couple live together in a Queen Anne style house in Britian.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, she collaborated with ‘Swatch’ for the second time and created ‘Orb’, which is an exclusive range of watches. That following year, she also designed for the carpet company, Brinton’s.
  • // 1999
    In 1999, she opened her first store in New York and the same year she launched her line of eyewear and the ‘Coquetteries' collection, a line of toiletries and body products.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, she showcased her collection titled 'Vivienne Westwood: the collection of Romilly McAlpine at The Museum of London. That year, she also launched her own fragrance called, ‘Libertine’.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, she opened her store in Milan and Liverpool and the previous year she opened a store and an accessories shop in Hong Kong.
  • // Nov 2004 To Jan 2005
    From November 2004 to January 2005, her retrospective show called ‘Vivienne Westwood - 34 years in fashion’ was showcased at The National Gallery of Australia.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, she collaborated with Nine West, a shoe brand. Even though she does not directly design for the band, her name is associated with the label.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, she was the awarded the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design’ at the British Fashion Awards.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, she canvassed for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, which was held at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, Berkshire.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, she designed for Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the second wife of the Prince of Wales, Charles. Camilla wore her designs to the royal Ascot, a major race event in the Britain.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, she was the recipient of the Prince Philip Designers Prize.
  • // 2011
    She has designed for the 2011 royal wedding attendee, Princess Eugenie of York and has also designed for Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the second wife of the Prince of Wales, Charles.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, she worked with The Woolmark Company, for whom she created a twelve piece luxury collection that was made from some of the finest wool procured from Australia.

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    Dame Vivienne Westwood was born at 1941-04-08

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    Dame Vivienne Westwood was born in Tintwistle

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    Dame Vivienne Westwood's nationalities is British

  • Who is Dame Vivienne Westwood spouses?

    Dame Vivienne Westwood's spouses is Andreas Kronthaler (m. 1992), Derek Westwood (m. 1962–1965)

  • Who is Dame Vivienne Westwood childrens?

    Dame Vivienne Westwood's childrens is Ben Westwood, Joseph Corré

  • What was Dame Vivienne Westwood universities?

    Dame Vivienne Westwood studied at Goldsmiths College,Goldsmiths, University Of London, Middlesex University, Goldsmiths College, University of Westminster

  • What was Dame Vivienne Westwood notable alumnis?

    Dame Vivienne Westwood's notable alumnis is Goldsmiths College, Goldsmiths, University Of London

  • Who is Dame Vivienne Westwood's father?

    Dame Vivienne Westwood's father is Gordon Swire

  • Who is Dame Vivienne Westwood's mother?

    Dame Vivienne Westwood's mother is Dora Swire

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    Dame Vivienne Westwood is Aries

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