British fashion Queen, Vivienne Westwood is set to give fans a personal insight into her world by publishing her first autobiography.
The 72-year old is set to take us on a journey from her humble beginnings as a school teacher to the iconic status she holds in the fashion world today, with noted contributions from family and close friends such as Naomi Campbell and Jerry Hall.
It was Westwood who helped develop the punk era of fashion in the 1970s, drawing inspiration from bikers, fetishists and prostitutes and incorporating her now famous punkish tartan, safety pins and dog collars in her designs. Vivienne Westwood broke the refined mould of British fashion and changed its landscape for good. It’s the literary output that bondage lovers and fashion pack alike have been yearning for.
After designing for the boutique on Kings Road of then partner, Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, Westwood displayed her first catwalk collection in 1981 and there began the global phenomena that is so loved today.
Westwood has always stood out from the crowd of designers whether it be her iconic tangerine hair, controversial t-shirt designs or her eccentric list of collection themes running from “Pirates” and “Clint Eastwood” through to “The Pagan Years” and “The Propaganda Collection”.
To be released in October 2014 by Picador, the assertive dame of rebellion will detail her years of political and environmental activism, promoting modern punk and distinctive designs that have made her the supreme force of British fashion.
The book will be part personal memoir and part autobiographical, where Vivienne has worked closely with actor and award-winning writer Ian Kelly. Kelly has said that he is “Keen to tell the truth about a huge-hearted, warm and witty individual, whose face and clothes are known the world over, but who is also recognisably the Derbyshire primary school teacher who met and fell in love with Malcolm McLaren and changed the world.”
Upon the announcement of the book Westwood has said: “The living deserve respect. The dead deserve the truth, Ian and I are working together on this and I am excited that this will be my story, the story nobody ever did before.”
Excitedly, adorers of all things Westwood will finally get to see a rare insight behind the eyes of the flame haired genius, with the book described by the publisher as “tell-all.”
Publisher, Paul Baggaley said: “I have admired her genius ever since I discovered punk and I have watched with admiration as she has changed the face of fashion and become one of the most authentic global brands.”