Vivienne Westwood: Tributes for 'Queen of British vogue' after her dying - BBC

by Sam Hancock & Andre Rhoden-Paul

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Tributes to Dame Vivienne Westwood have poured in following the dying of the "undisputed Queen of British vogue".

She died "peacefully and surrounded through her household" in London, her style condo stated in an announcement.

Westwood, 81, made her identify along with her controversial punk and new wave patterns within the Nineteen Seventies and went on to costume probably the most largest stars in vogue.

Fellow dressmaker Marc Jacobs referred to he became "heartbroken" and that she "certainly not failed to shock and to shock".

Paying tribute to her lifestyles and work, he wrote on Instagram: "you probably did it first. all the time... I continue to be taught out of your phrases and your entire impressive creations."

mannequin Bella Hadid, who walked Westwood's last runway right through October's Paris style Week, described the clothier as "the sun" of the vogue business - and pointed out she turned into grateful to were in her orbit.

"To the best, most fun, superb, humble, artistic, badass, clever, EPIC individual that has walked this earth… rest in love and relaxation In Peace," Hadid wrote.

After the announcement, Westwood's husband and artistic companion Andreas Kronthaler pointed out: "i will proceed with Vivienne in my heart.

"we've been working except the conclusion and she or he has given me a number of issues to get on with."

Westwood came to prominence together with her androgynous designs, slogan T-shirts and irreverent angle against the institution.

She was also called a staunch activist and introduced reasons she cared about, like local weather trade, to the catwalk.

The dressmaker changed into made a dame for functions to trend in 2006.

Vivienne Westwood in 1982

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Vivienne Westwood in her studio in 1982

Derbyshire-born Westwood worked as a chief school trainer, earlier than constructing garb store Let It Rock on King's highway in Chelsea together with her then accomplice Malcolm McLaren within the early Seventies.

The business was later renamed intercourse and McLaren all started managing a punk rock band made of shop regulars - the intercourse Pistols. They shot to fame in 1976 wearing Westwood and McLaren's designs.

One store employee become a young American who went on to entrance the Pretenders. Paying tribute, musician Chrissie Hynde observed with Westwood long past, the world became "already a less entertaining region".

Singer Boy George, who first met Westwood within the early Nineteen Eighties, known as her "notable and inspiring" and "without question... the undisputed Queen of British trend".

designer and Spice lady Victoria Beckham said she changed into a "legendary designer and activist".

Actress Kim Catrall described her on Instagram as a "authentic genius who certainly not misplaced her Northern grit". She shared a story of Westwood's "generosity and kindness" - growing three clothes for the intercourse and the city celebrity in three days so she might attend premieres of a movie, after others' designs have been unsuitable.

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer wrote that Westwood's "pleasing voice could be irreplaceable and may be ignored", while singer Billy Idol - who found reputation on the London punk song scene - tweeted: "RIP it will take me a bit of to take this in…".

The Victoria and Albert Museum, which properties some of her works, described Westwood as a "actual modern and rebellious drive in trend".

Vivienne Westwood

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The fashion designer turned into made a Dame for services to trend in 2006

culture Secretary Michelle Donelan wrote on Twitter: "a tragic day, Vivienne Westwood changed into and will stay a towering figure in British vogue.

"Her punk vogue rewrote the guideline e-book in the 1970s and become widely admired for a way she stayed authentic to her own values all over her life."

In 1981, Westwood held her first suitable fashion display remembered because the Pirate assortment, and she or he persevered to make use of British and French heritage to encourage her.

She married Kronthaler, a former pupil of hers and 25 years her junior, in 1992. He grew to become artistic director of her company and more and more changed into responsible for design work in later years.

via the 2000s, Westwood was designing marriage ceremony dresses for the likes of model Dita Von Teese, who dressed in her pink costume to marry singer Marilyn Manson, and Princess Eugenie who wore Westwood designs for the marriage of Prince William and Catherine.

Her designs additionally featured in the 2008 film edition of intercourse And The city.

Memorable runway moments consist of her 9-inch platform footwear, which famously tripped up mannequin Naomi Campbell.

in addition to climate alternate, Westwood grew to become a vocal supporter for the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is combating extradition to the U.S. to face expenses below the Espionage Act. In July 2020, she wearing canary yellow in an enormous chook cage warning over an Assange "sew up".

Assange's wife Stella, whose wedding gown was created through Westwood, hailed the fashion designer as a "pillar of the anti-establishment". Writing on behalf of her husband who's at present in Belmarsh penal complex, she mentioned Westwood changed into a "good friend" and "the better of Britain".

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