Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Biography; Interview

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Biography; Interview

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VIVIENNE WESTWOOD was born Vivienne Isabel Swire in Glossop, Derbyshire, on April 8, 1941.

She moved to London when she was 17. She began designing in 1971, using the shop at 430 King's Road as a showcase for her ideas. With her changing ideas of fashion came changes of the shop's name and the entire decor.

In 1971, 430 Kings Road was known as Let it Rock. 1950s rock'n'roll clothing sold at a time when hippies were still in fashion. In 1972, the name was changed to Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die.

The shop had clothing for rockers, with zips and chains and Zoot suits. By the mid 70s, Sex was the shop's new name. With 1976 came punk, followed by World's End and the Pirate Collection.

The Pirate Collection was shown in March 1981, her first catwalk show at Olympia in London. In March 1983, Westwood began to show in Paris, the first British designer to do so since Mary Quant.

In autumn 1984, Westwood was invited to show her collection in Tokyo with Hanae Mori, Calvin Klein,

Claude Montana and Gianfranco Ferre at the Best of Five. …

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