Vivienne Westwood – whose fashion designs are widely credited with bringing punk styles into the mainstream – has died.
A statement from the Westwood team said she died peacefully and surrounded by her loved ones in south London on Thursday. The statement reads: “Vivienne continued to do the things she loved, until the last moment, designing, working on her art, writing her book and changing the world for the better.”
He continues, “She has led an incredible life. Her innovation and impact over the past 60 years has been immense and will continue into the future.”
The statement reads: “Vivienne considered herself a Taoist. She wrote: “Tao spiritual system. There has never been more need for the Tao today. Tao gives you the feeling of belonging to the cosmos and gives meaning to your life; it gives you such a sense of identity and strength to know that you are living the life that you can live and therefore should live: fully utilize your character and fully utilize your life on earth.”
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Finally stating, “The world needs people like Vivienne to make a change for the better.”
Westwood gained her first recognition through a boutique she and Malcolm McLaren, who ran the Sex Pistols, raced in the UK as SEX. From there, she continued to open boutiques in London and then around the world.
Later in her career, she collaborated with Pharrell Williamsmarriage seeks Princess Eugenie and even designed uniforms for Richard BransonThe Virgin Atlantic crew.
Westwood was 81 years old.