Vivienne Isabel Swire married Derek Westwood when very young.
In 1971 she began designing clothes and she opened her first shop in The King’s Road.
Her fashion became synonymous with the Punk movement and she was arrested for hosting a catwalk along the banks of the Thames with Sex Pistols during the Queen’s Jubilee.
In 1982, she became the first British fashion designer since Mary Quant to host a fashion show in Paris.
She designed the “Statue of Liberty” corset, the first corset to be introduced into outerwear.
The American editor John Fairchild included Vivienne, the only woman, in his list of the top six fashiondesigners of the world.
She was appointed professor at the Applied Art Academy in Vienna and at the Berliner Hochschule der Künste.
She was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II, she married Andreas Kronthaler and created the Mac Andreas tartan, which appears in the official archives of the Lochcarron Museum.
British TV dedicated the show Painted Ladies, a documentary film about the relationship between fashion and art, to Vivienne.
Amongst other honours, Vivienne Westwood’s creations were also awarded a place in the Victoria & Albert Museum, the most important exhibition dedicated to a living British designer which then also went on to open in San Francisco and at the Palazzo Reale in Milan.
Vivienne Westwood Ltd has more than 20 collections, 30 flagship stores, exports to over 86 countries and is present in 700 points of sale around the world.
Vivienne Westwood is one of the most influential deans of world fashion.