Vivienne Westwood, the British fashion designer whose work is credited for bringing punk styles to the mainstream, is dead.


A statement from the designer’s team revealed that she passed on Thursday in South London amidst family.

“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,” the statement reads in part.

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


Vivienne Westwood is credited for bringing modern punk and new-wave fashions into the mainstream.

She came to public notice when she made clothes for the boutique that she and Malcolm McLaren, the English visual artist, ran on King’s Road, which became known as SEX.

Their ability to synthesise clothing and music shaped the 1970s UK punk scene, which was dominated by McLaren’s band, the Sex Pistols.


Westwood opened four shops in London and eventually expanded throughout Britain and the world.

She sold an increasingly varied range of merchandise, some of which promoted her many political causes.

This included the campaign for nuclear disarmament, climate change, and the cause of civil rights groups.

Westwood was born in the village of Tintwistle, Derbyshire in April 1941


She had two children, Ben, her son with Derek Westwood, and Joseph Corré, her son with Malcolm McLaren.

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