British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood died on Thursday, December 29, at the age of 81.
She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family in Clapham, London. “Vivienne continued to do the things that she loved up until her last moment, designing, working on her art, writing her book, and changing the world for the better,” a representative said in a statement. “She led an amazing life. Her innovation and impact over the last 60 years has been immense and will continue into the future.”
Few figures in fashion have made an impact, such as the great Dame Vivienne Westwood.
Rising to prominence in London in the ‘70s, notably dressing bands such as The Sex Pistols, the former elementary school teacher took the world by storm as fashion’s Queen of Punk. But her rebellious spirit and compassion extended far beyond clothes.
A true visionary, Westwood’s fearless passion for activism, particularly around climate change, was at the core of her work – both on and off the runway.
Recently endearing the TikTok community after the designer’s pearl choker became the most sought-after accessory – thanks in part to Bella Hadid and the Regencycore boom – earlier pieces by the designer have been in high demand amongst the Gen Z set.
But the British icon has always been a staple in Hollywood, adored by celebrities for her intricate prints, regal corsetry, and quintessential punk aesthetic.
In celebration of her life and legacy, here are some of the best looks by the House of Vivienne Westwood to date.
- Olivia Rodrigo, 2022
- Helena Bonham Carter, 1997
- Zendaya, 2015
- Zhao Lusi, 2022
- Kim Kardashian, 2017
- Gwyneth Paltrow
- Winnie Harlow, 2019
- Charli XCX, 2016
- Billie Piper, 2021
- Duckie Thot, 2019
- Dua Lipa, 2020
- Thandie Newton, 2018
- Sza, 2022
- Daisy Ridley, 2019
- Ellie Bamber, 2022