Dame Vivienne Westwood, British fashion designer and social activist
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About Dame Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood is a legendary British fashion designer and social activist who made an immense contribution to the field of international fashion and style. In a career span of over 40 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.
Dame Vivienne is also a notorious social activist who has fiercely campaigned for a green economy, developing a highly vocal anti-fracking and pro-environment stance.
In September 2005, Westwood joined forces with the British civil rights group Liberty and launched exclusive limited design T-shirts and babywear bearing the slogan I AM NOT A TERRORIST, please don’t arrest me. She said she was supporting the campaign and defending habeas corpus. “When I was a schoolgirl, my history teacher, Mr. Scott, began to take classes in civic affairs. The first thing he explained to us was the fundamental rule of law embodied in habeas corpus. He spoke with pride of civilisation and democracy. The hatred of arbitrary arrest by the lettres de cachet of the French monarchy caused the storming of the Bastille. We can only take democracy for granted if we insist on our liberty”, she said.