Fashion Designer Vivienne Westwood Dead at 81

Vivienne Westwood — whose fashion designs are largely credited for bringing punk styles to the mainstream — has died.

A statement from Westwood’s team announced she died Thursday peacefully and surrounded by loved ones in South London. The statement reads, “Vivienne continued to do the things she loved, up until the last moment, designing, working on her art, writing her book, and changing the world for the better.”

Vivienne Westwood

It continues, “She led an amazing life. Her innovation and impact over the last 60 years has been immense and will continue into the future.”

The statement says, “Vivienne considered herself a Taoist. She wrote, “Tao spiritual system. There was never more need for the Tao today. Tao gives you a feeling that you belong to the cosmos and gives purpose to your life; it gives you such a sense of identity and strength to know you’re living the life you can live and therefore ought to be living: make full use of your character and full use of your life on earth.”

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Finally stating, “The world needs people like Vivienne to make a change for the better.”

Vivienne Westwood

Westwood got her first recognition thanks to a boutique she and Malcolm McLaren, who managed the Sex Pistols, ran in the UK called SEX. From there, she continued to open shops in London and then around the world.

Vivienne Westwood

Later on in her career, she collabed with Pharrell Williams, wedding looks for Princess Eugenie and even designed uniforms for Richard Branson‘s Virgin Atlantic crew.

Westwood was 81.


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