Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood DBE RDI (née Swire; born 8 April 1941) is a British fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Sex, Son, Fashion, Punk
My son has followed fashion since he was a punk. He and I agree that fashion is about sex.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Men, Women
Feminists wish women to seem like men. They’re not men.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on History, Culture, Space
I don’t have space to enter into the examples or the history of this, so I’m left with having to make the bold statement that culture is extinct.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Queen
I didn’t do anything at the Queen, whom I admire.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on People, Effort
I am attracted to people who make this effort in knowing what suits them – they are individual and stylish.
Vivienne Westwood Quotes
However, because Britain is young and exciting, I did show my second line here once or twice.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Chance, Dress
I think dress, hairstyle and make-up are the crucial factors in projecting an attractive persona and give one the chance to enhance one’s best physical features.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Being, Energy, Rebellion, Trying, Youth
I was still interested in the youth rebellion but never-the-less I stopped being a victim. Stopped trying to attack the establishment realizing that it takes too much of your energy.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on First, Punk
I was the first person to have a punk rock hairstyle.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Time, People, Waiting
It is extremely difficult to say how long the process actually took to finally achieve my fragrance, Boudoir, because there was a lot of time waiting around for other people.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Femininity, Man
It is not possible for a man to be elegant without a touch of femininity.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on People, Artists, Minority, Support
The arts have only ever interested a small minority of people, which acted as a kind of nursery to support artists.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Race
The muscular, athletic type is not representative of the human race, who are varied in their physique.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Love, London, Shops, Want
The young Japanese, especially, love to wear the latest thing and when they come to London they head for my shops as part of what they want to find in Britain.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Beginning, Right
We based the look on rock ‘n roll right from the beginning.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Success, Boys
We moved into the back, made it into a little 50s sitting room and started to sell the records. We had an immediate success. For one thing, these Teddy Boys were thrilled to buy the records.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Idea
What changed our lives forever was when Malcolm had the idea to sell rock ‘n roll records to trendy customers.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Life, Fashion, Pleasure, Worth
Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Clothes, Formula, Old
Even though it was the 70s, we found old stocks of clothes that had never been worn from the 50s and took them apart. I started to teach myself how to make clothes from that kind of formula.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on People, Marketing, Public
But, the thing is, since I always had my own little shop and direct access to the public, I’ve been able to build up a technique without marketing people ever telling me what the public wants.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Money, Financial, Necessity
But, having a perfume and license, in general, is a financial necessity. A designer must, to reap back the money spent on prototypes and all that sort of thing.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on History, Women
I think feminists are unaware of the tremendous extent of the role of women in history.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Gold, World
We wanted to step off our island and add the color of the third world. We got gold cigarette paper and stuck it around our teeth. We really did look like pirates and dressed to look the part.
Vivienne Westwood quotes on Love, Work, People, Clothes, Influence
I think some people would love to be able to make the clothes I make – and of course, I do influence them, but they keep simplifying, and minimalism doesn’t quite work.