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Vivienne Westwood : An Unfashionable Life


by Mulvagh, Jane | The arts
Paperback | 416 pages, 16 b/w, 16 col plates (24pp)

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The arts
Published 01/12/2003 by HarperCollins Publishers (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd) in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 416 pages, 16 b/w, 16 col plates (24pp)

For three decades, Vivienne Westwood has been Britain’s most consistently original, outrageous, eccentric and controversial designer. In that time she has evolved from an iconoclastic outsider to an internationally revered figure. Westwood has obtained two British Designer of the Year awards, an OBE, her own fashion label and an unrivalled reputation.

Her lifestyle could scarcely be in greater contrast to the opulence which surrounds other leading designers. Until recently she lived in a modest council flat in South London, and she traveled around the capital by bicycle, with a plastic bag protecting her hair from the elements. How did an awkward girl from a provincial background become one of world fashion’s most influential and respected designers? How has she managed to remain true to her own idiosyncratic vision, refusing to conform to the fashion industry’s, and society’s, expectations?

Speaking to Westwood herself, her friends, lovers, colleagues, rivals, admirers and detractors, Jane Mulvagh has created a portrait as rich, distinctive and constantly surprising as her subject’s character and work.


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