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Vivienne Westwood style: 10 buys that will revolutionise your wardrobe

The iconic designer's eponymous brand holds a special place in our hearts...

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Orin Carlin
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Vivienne Westwood represents the pinnacle of British fashion design – an iconic brand with a history steeped in anarchic, nonconformist spirit.

READ: Dame Vivienne Westwood: We look back at the iconic punk fashion designer's incredible career

Tartan, safety pins, and the emblematic orb motif are all key design features that are still used in modern Vivienne Westwood collections today – instantly recognisable tropes that hark back to punk's golden days.

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Dua Lipa wore Vivienne Westwood at the 2021 Brit Awards

Her designs have been worn by no end of celebrities including Dua Lipa who sported a memorable corseted two-piece to the 2021 Brit Awards, as well as Hailey Bieber who turned to the label for her white off-the-shoulder dress that she wore to her wedding rehearsal dinner.

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Bella Hadid walks in a Vivienne Westwood runway show

Who is Vivienne Westwood?

Vivienne Westwood© Photo: Getty Images

Born in Cheshire, Vivienne Westwood was a fashion designer who is best known for pioneering modern punk and new wave styles into mainstream dressing. After dropping out of art school she became a primary school teacher. Vivienne started out designing her own jewellery, which she sold at a market stall on Portobello Road, but it wasn't until she met Malcom McLaren – who became the manager of punk band the Sex Pistols – that she she began designing and creating Teddy Boy-style pieces for him. 

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Dame Vivienne sadly passed away recently on December 29 2022. A memorial service held to honour the life of the fashion iconoclast took place in February 2023 and was attended by the some of the industry's most established names such as Kate Moss, Zandra Rhodes and Edward Enninful.

"Vivienne continued to do the things she loved, up until the last moment, designing, working on her art, writing her book, and changing the world for the better. She led an amazing life. Her innovation and impact over the last 60 years has been immense and will continue into the future," her eponymous brand wrote in a statement.

What is the history of the Vivienne Westwood brand?


Vivienne Westwood Walks The Runway


In 1974, Vivienne opened her boutique named ‘SEX’ on the King's Road. The store sold fetish and bondage wear by specialist brands as well as bespoke pieces designed by Vivienne and Malcom. All four members of the Sex Pistols were customers, with bass-player Glen Matlock even manning the shop floor on Saturdays.

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"It changed the way people looked. I was messianic about punk, seeing if one could put a spoke in the system in some way," Vivienne told The Independent. "I realised there was no subversion without ideas. It's not enough to want to destroy everything."

Eventually, Vivienne and Malcom staged their first fashion show together in 1981, 'Pirate'. The collection featured historical cuts, asymmetrical neckline and plenty of swashbuckling grit and then over the years she developed her own eponymous label.

Hello! Fashion shares the Vivienne Westwood buys that will never go out of style:

Vivienne Westwood corset 

vivienne westwood tartan corset
Vivienne Westwood Sunday Wool Tartan Corset Top

Vivienne Westwood coat 

vivienne westwood dickens coat
Vivienne Westwood Dickens Coat

Vivienne Westwood necklace

vivienne westwood gold suzie orb necklace
Vivienne Westwood Suzie Orb Necklace

Vivienne Westwood scarf

vivienne westwood boucher classic scarf
Vivienne Westwood Boucher Classic Square Scarf

Vivienne Westwood sunglasses 

vivienne westwood rococco sunglasses
Vivienne Westwood Rococco Sunglasses

Vivienne Westwood mini dress 

vivienne westwood red strapless dress
Vivienne Westwood Cloud Jersey Dress

Vivienne Westwood tartan trousers 

vivienne westwood new ray trousers
Vivienne Westwood New Ray Trousers

Vivienne Westwood shirt dress 

vivienne westwood heart shirt dress
Vivienne Westwood Heart Shirt Dress

Vivienne Westwood bag

vivienne westwood sally bag
Vivienne Westwood Sally Bag

Vivienne Westwood boots 

vivienne westwood cuban flame boots
Vivienne Westwood Cuban Flame Boots

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