Dame Vivienne Westwood inspired many Photographers

22 Mar

Vivienne Westwood. ph. Juergen TellerIn September ’14, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled the latest commissioned portrait of Dame Vivienne Westwood. She was captured in her London garden by photographer Juergen Teller.

Teller has previously worked with Dame Vivienne on a number of her fashion campaigns and was hand-picked for the project by both her and the Gallery.

Dame Vivienne said of the result: “Photography isn’t like painting, where you can decide how you want someone to look, but Juergen manages it. It must be something to do with where he places you in the picture, and the space he leaves around you.”


Short Introduction


Vivienne Westwood, once the Queen of Punk, has been creating the most exciting and outrageous designs for over 40 years.

She has dressed everyone from the Sex Pistols to supermodels. It is almost 74 years since she was born  near the village of Tintwistle in Derbyshire and 43 years since she opened her legendary Kings Road shop. Dane Vivienne has become the tabloids’ favourite English eccentric, a dotty aunt figure who is kissed in the street by strangers.

no underwearVivienne Westwood famously collected her OBE in 1992 ,ph. Martin Keene

She is still sole owner of her company and of her name. Her stature is deserved: she is a great innovator, a unique talent who combines an appetite for culture and historical references with an unclouded modern eye and a rigorous approach to the craft of making clothes. As the art director of punk and the creator of the Pirates and Mini Crini collections, mrs. Westwood is responsible for some of fashion’s most memorable images. She is enjoying a revival of interest for vintage Vivienne Westwood pieces.

Born Vivienne Isabel Swire (8 April 1941), she married Derek Westwood at 21 and had a son, Ben. But three years later, she left her home and her career as a primary school teacher and discovered Malcolm McLaren and fashion. Her 15-year relationship with McLaren was a great creative partnership and produced a son, Joe. Now grown up, Joe Corre (the name came from McLaren’s grandmother after McLaren refused to put his name on his son’s birth certificate) is co-owner and co-designer of the Agent Provocateur lingerie label with his wife, Serena Rees. Since 1992, mrs. Westwood has been married to her third husband, Andreas Kronthaler.

westwood DBEDame Vivienne Westwood advanced from OBE to DBE in ’06

She attracts publicity without trying: in 1992 she twirled for the photographers outside Buckingham Palace after collecting her OBE (Order of the British Empire), forgetting she wasn’t wearing knickers. Mrs. Westwood later said, “I wished to show off my outfit by twirling the skirt. It did not occur to me that, as the photographers were practically on their knees, the result would be more glamorous than I expected,” and added: “I have heard that the picture amused the Queen.” 

Vivienne Westwood advanced from OBE to DBE (Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a grade within the British order of chivalry ) in the 2006 New Year’s Honours List “for services to fashion” and has twice earned the award for British Designer of the Year.



vivienne westwoodPhotograph Juergen Teller

Juergen TellerPhotograph Juergen Teller

Vivienne-Westwood-i-D-Spring-2012-01aPhotograph Juergen Teller

Vivienne Westwood by Tim WalkerPhotograph Tim Walker

Inez & Vinoodh ‘94Photograph by Inez & Vinoodh, ’94

Vivienne Westwood

NPG x131986; Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood by Bryan AdamsPhotograph Bryan Adams. 2008

Vivienne westwood

RankinPhotograph by Rankin

2003, Annie LeibovitzPhotograph Annie Leibovitz, 2003

Philip Hollis , 2007Photograph Philip Hollis , 2007

Vivienne-Westwood-by-Andy-Gotts-vogue-14nov13-b_426x639Photograph Andy Gotts

Vivienne Westwood, Andy GottsPhotograph Andy Gotts

enqpvgatlsPhotograph Gian Paolo Barbieri


A Personal Memoir

vivienne-westwood-Book coverPhotograph Juergen Teller

Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age. Fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand and grandmother; a true living legend. Her career has successfully spanned five decades and her work has influenced millions of people across the world.

For the first and only time, Dame Vivienne Westwood has written a personal memoir, collaborating with award-winning biographer Ian Kelly, to describe the events, people and ideas that have shaped her extraordinary life. Told in all its glamour and glory, and with her unique voice, unexpected perspective and passionate honesty, this is her story.

ISBN10: 1447254120

ISBN13: 9781447254126

Jillian EdelsteinPhotograph Jillian Edelstein


official website: http://www.viviennewestwood.com/

Info: The Guardian

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