Released on 09 October 2014.
Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age. Fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand and grandmother; a true living legend. Her career has successfully spanned five decades and her work has influenced millions of people across the world.
For the first and only time, Vivienne Westwood has written a personal memoir, collaborating with award-winning biographer Ian Kelly, to describe the events, people and ideas that have shaped her extraordinary life. Told in all its glamour and glory, and with her unique voice, unexpected perspective and passionate honesty, this is her story.
For the first and only time, she is both writing and collaborating on a unique personal memoir and authorised biography: partly her own voice, partly through contributions from her vast network of friends, family and associates. Ian Kelly (award-winning biographer of, amongst others, fashion maverick Beau Brummell and the original self-publicist, Giacomo Casanova) brings the insights of a historian and friend of Vivienne to the life and works of one of the major influences of our age in this wonderful, insightful collaboration.
We've picked out some of our favourite quotes from Vivienne Westwood by Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly – wise words, all.
Listen to an audio clip of Vivienne Westwood, read by Sarah Badel, on how fashion has changed in Vivienne Westwood's lifetime, and what it means for the industry in the UK.
What might it be like to spend a year getting to know Vivienne Westwood? Collaborating with the fashion icon herself to create Vivienne Westwood, Ian Kelly has done just that, and he’s let us have a glimpse of what it was like…
The day is here! The cover of Vivienne Westwood by Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly has arrived, featuring an exclusive portrait of Vivienne taken by artist photographer Juergen Teller in Westwood’s private London home.
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