This is what The Clash were singing at the end of 70s while punk invaded our lives. They understood everything about life: London calling at the top of the dial!
It’s in this wonderful city that one of the most stylish fashion designers ever was born: I’m talking about the creative, provocative and bizarre Mrs. Vivienne Westwood.
The double-prized British fashion designer opened her first shop in 1971 in Camden Town, the open-minded and blooming suburb that’s the center of the punk sub-culture up to today.
The shop, located in 430 King’s Rd, changed different names following Vivienne’s evolution: Too fast to live too young to die; Sex and finally World’s End, famous for the big clock sign that spins counterclockwise.
Initially, punk culture was a protest against the classic standards of fashion, typical clothing and accessories are: chains, ragged clothes, Dr. Martens, Converse All Star or brothel creeper, piercings, tattoos and the inevitable “punk mohawk”.
Between the 80s and 90s, the style changed slightly, integrating bowler hats, motorcycle jackets, military-style clothing and spiked hair.
Major exponents of this culture includes groups such as The Clash, Ramones, Rancid and the Sex Pistols – of which Westwood marries their manager Malcom McLaren – and the more recent Green Day, Nofx and Blink-182.
Mrs. Westwood was the first to re-propose seventeenth and eighteenth centuries style details such as corsets or the faux-cul, or the paddings that women wore under their skirts.
Who wouldn’t want to get married in her famous and magnificent wedding dress worn by Carrie Bradshaw – Sarah Jessica Parker – in Sex and the City? And what about the famous Melissa, her deliciously hearted plastic shoes?!
Vivienne Westwood has been very successful also thanks to the famous creation of the manga Nana, by Ai Yazawa. In the manga, rings, necklaces and other objects are all designed by Westwood .
In the same manga, reference is made to the Sex Pistols, of which the same Vivienne advised that in the British group came Sid Vicious, who in the manga is compared to Ren.
In addition, this amazing Lady is also a social worker, supporting the Liberty civil rights movement by creating collectible t-shirts yelling the slogan I AM NOT A TERRORIST, please don’t arrest me.
Probably one of my favorite designers ever, Vivienne Westwood with her provocative and brash style has revolutionized the fashion industry by simply proposing what’s eccentric and out of the ordinary.
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