WESTWOOD WORLD

The story so far

  • 430 Kings Road

    1971 – 1980

    The hippie movement was still the fashion look of late 1960s London, but this did not inspire Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, they were more interested in rebellion and in particular 1950s clothing, music and memorabilia. Vivienne began by making Teddy Boy clothes for McLaren and in 1971 they opened Let it Rock at 430 Kings Road.

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  • The Early Years

    1981 - 1987

    ‘We’ve only stopped to note significant innovations, otherwise the ideas carry through and develop throughout the collections.’

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  • The Pagan Years

    1988 – 1992

    During this period Vivienne’s heros changed from punks and ragamuffins to ‘Tatler’ girls wearing clothes that parodied the upper class. A chance encounter inspired one of her most important and influential collections, the Harris Tweed collection of Autumn/Winter 1987.

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  • Exploration

    2000 - present

    Beginning to put historicism to one side, Westwood returned to a more asexual cut, exploring the natural dynamic of the fabric by treating it like a living mass.

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  • Anglomania

    1993 – 1999

    Vivienne believes that fashion is a combination and exchange of ideas between France and England; “On the English side we have tailoring and an easy charm, on the French side that solidity of design and proportion that comes from never being satisfied because something can always be done to make it better, more refined.”

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