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Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

Westwood, Vivienne, 1941- author; Kelly, Ian, 1966- author

Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age; fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand and grandmother; a true living legend. Both her name and brand are recognised the world over, whilst at home in the UK she has attained 'national treasure' status as the nation's favourite fearless female icon. This is her story, told for the first time in all its glamour and glory and with her unique voice, unexpected perspective and passionate honesty

Book. English.
Published London: Picador, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Vivienne Westwood & Ian Kelly
ISBN: 1447254120, 9781447254126
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 463 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 25 cm
Subject: Women fashion designers Great Britain Biography.; Westwood, Vivienne, 1941-; Fashion designers Great Britain Biography.; Biography.

Author note

Dame Vivienne Westwood is a leading fashion designer and political activist.

Ian Kelly is the prize-winning biographer of Casanova, Beau Brummell, Samuel Foote and Antonin CarĂªme.

Reviews

A book that feels like one long, fascinating gossip session with his subject and co-author, Ian Kelly chronicles the life of the designer who has had a an unparalleled impact on British fashion . . . A thorough and fitting tribute
Press Association||As a practised, deft biographer, [Ian Kelly]'s already given us flash-lit lives of Beau Brummell and Casanova - and is thus a perfect match for the Enlightenment figure Vivienne Westwood aspires to be. The book is billed "as told to", but one gets the impression it was one long stream-of-consciousness rant, careering off on an uproarious picaresque romp through a wild and often unaccountable life. Holding a legend to account is Kelly's dilemma - and his skill. He accomplishes it by the skin of his buckskin breeches, with a wit and humour of his own
Telegraph||[Vivienne Westwood's] use of historical reference, combined with an ability to shock even the most jaded fashion pundits, ensures her place in fashion history. This autobiography reveals the woman behind the Dame
Irish Times||To categorise Vivienne Westwood as a radical, outspoken fashionista is to minimise her contribution to British style. Inspired by Malcolm McLaren, she dressed the dandies, media darlings and the whole punk generation. Here is her glorious statement of glamour and true confession
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Back cover copy

Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age. Fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand and grandmother; a true living legend. Her career has successfully spanned five decades and her work has influenced millions of people across the world.

For the first and only time, Vivienne Westwood has written a personal memoir, collaborating with award-winning biographer Ian Kelly, to describe the events, people and ideas that have shaped her extraordinary life. Told in all its glamour and glory, and with her unique voice, unexpected perspective and passionate honesty, this is her story.