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121 Inspiring Quotes by Vivienne Westwood

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Wikipedia Summary for Vivienne Westwood

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood (née Swire; born 8 April 1941) is an English fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.

Westwood came to public notice when she made clothes for Malcolm McLaren's boutique in the King's Road, which became known as SEX. Their ability to synthesise clothing and music shaped the 1970s UK punk scene which was dominated by McLaren's band, the Sex Pistols. She viewed punk as a way of "seeing if one could put a spoke in the system".

Westwood opened four shops in London and eventually expanded throughout the United Kingdom and the world, selling an increasingly varied range of merchandise, some of which promoted her many political causes such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, climate change and civil rights groups.

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I think I've got wiser.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Liverpool people are famous for liking clothes and fashion; they are very social and lively people, and we know that they like clothes.

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Journalists are usually quite jealous people, especially of intellectuals who are supposed to be in fashion.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Art should never be sociological; it has got to be timeless. It's got to be your vision and how you can represent the world you see.

--Vivienne Westwood

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However, because Britain is young and exciting, I did show my second line here once or twice.

--Vivienne Westwood


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If you wear clothes that don't suit you, you're a fashion victim. You have to wear clothes that make you look better.

--Vivienne Westwood

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The last people with any ideas are young people.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Personally I'm not a feminist, as I can't stand puritans.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I'm not sure what I think about current fashion, though. A few years ago, I would have said it's really, really bad and you hardly ever see anybody looking good. There must be some very good designers in the world.

--Vivienne Westwood

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People have never looked so ugly as they do today. We just consume far too much.

--Vivienne Westwood



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It is not possible for a man to be elegant without a touch of femininity.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Even though it was the 70s, we found old stocks of clothes that had never been worn from the 50s and took them apart. I started to teach myself how to make clothes from that kind of formula.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Buy less, choose well: that's the maxim. Quality not quantity. That's the most environmentally friendly thing you can do.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I didn't know how a working-class girl like me could possibly make a living in the art world.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Buy less, choose well and do it yourself!

--Vivienne Westwood

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The hippie movement politicized my generation. When it ended, we all started looking back at our own history, looking, in my case, for motives of rebellion.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Being part of a community with a church at its centre and singin' hymns is a great thing to do.

--Vivienne Westwood

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The French have got taste.

--Vivienne Westwood

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When we started to do punk, we put all of these things together to create the look of an urban guerrilla -- a rebel.

--Vivienne Westwood

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In the morning, I practice 15 minutes of yoga.

--Vivienne Westwood

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To me, reading a fashion magazine is the last thing I need to do. I've got books I need to read.

--Vivienne Westwood

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The orb came about because I wanted to do this kitsch sweater for Prince Charles when he went hunting and fishing with his kilt on.

--Vivienne Westwood

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The young Japanese, especially, love to wear the latest thing and when they come to London they head for my shops as part of what they want to find in Britain.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Popular culture is a contradiction in terms. If it's popular, it's not culture.

--Vivienne Westwood

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A status symbol is a book. A very easy book to read is The Catcher in the Rye. Walk around with that under your arm, kids. That is status.

--Vivienne Westwood

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But, having a perfume and license, in general, is a financial necessity. A designer must, to reap back the money spent on prototypes and all that sort of thing.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Feminists wish women to seem like men. They're not men.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I tend not to like an awful lot of what is going out under my name now because it is just all product. Who needs it?

--Vivienne Westwood

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What I remember as a child is that other kids didn't care about suffering. I always did.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I was a punk before it got its name. I had that hairstyle and purple lipstick.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I disagree with everything I used to say.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I have considered voting Conservative because I am so against the Labour party.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I'm very lucky. The public happens to like me. Maybe they like me because I use every opportunity to talk about injustice.

--Vivienne Westwood

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My biggest criticism is how can people be so easily satisfied? Even people with talent.

--Vivienne Westwood

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The sexiest people are thinkers.

--Vivienne Westwood

Longer Version:

The sexiest people are thinkers. Nobody's interested in somebody who's just vain with a hole in their head, talking about the latest thing -- there is no latest thing. It's all rubbish.






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Everybody looks like clones and the only people you notice are my age. I don't notice anybody unless they look great, and every now and again they do, and they are usually 70.

--Vivienne Westwood


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Everybody should have a fair deal; everybody should have the chance to life in this world. If we were evolved as human beings, we would hopefully be able to alleviate suffering in the world.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I remember reading a book set in the future, it was written in the 1870s projecting to 1920, and this time traveler said you couldn't tell the difference between men and women. He saw what was coming.

--Vivienne Westwood


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Intelligence is composed mostly of imagination, insight, things that have nothing to do with reason.

--Vivienne Westwood

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The young need discipline and a full bookcase.

--Vivienne Westwood


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I have been asked what would I ban immediately if I could. Advertising.

--Vivienne Westwood


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We moved into the back, made it into a little 50s sitting room and started to sell the records. We had an immediate success. For one thing, these Teddy Boys were thrilled to buy the records.

--Vivienne Westwood

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In Italy they take cheap cloth and make it look expensive, but I take expensive cloth and make it look cheap. They just don't understand.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I don't watch television and I rarely go to the cinema, but I recently watched 'The King's Speech' on a flight. It was so beautiful and so simple.

--Vivienne Westwood

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In history people dressed much better than we do today.

--Vivienne Westwood

black fishes

The fight is no longer between the classes or between rich and poor but between the idiots and the eco-conscious.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I always tried to do things by example, even though I was not a very good mother regarding routines and family life.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Instead of buying six things, buy one thing that you really like. Don't keep buying just for the sake of it.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I think it is a good thing to buy less and choose well -- it's good for the environment and to be fair it's also good for me because my clothes are quite expensive.

--Vivienne Westwood


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Prince Charles is definitely my hero; he uses his position to do only good in this world.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Real art has been... what's the word? Kidnapped? No, that's not it. But, OK, kidnapped by business.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Wear a towel instead of a coat, it's very chic. Or your husband's boxer shorts with a belt, or something from your grandmother. It's all about do-it-yourself at the moment.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Nothing is costed properly and it's destroying the earth. We need to re-educate people that what is good for the planet is good for the financial system.

--Vivienne Westwood


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If we didn't have the Chinese buying things, we'd be on the floor.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I'm frugal. I'm not a very acquisitive woman. I never waste food. If you prepare your own food, you engage with the world, it tastes alive. It tastes good.

--Vivienne Westwood

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If you're too big to fit into fashion, then you just have to do your own fashion.

--Vivienne Westwood

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There is so much that people take for granted.

--Vivienne Westwood

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When I was a little girl you used to learn to sew all the holes in things, darning socks, but nobody mends things anymore.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I eat only vegetables and fruit, and to me it's the most aspirational diet because it's so easy. It's quite simple, the cooking I do.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I think dress, hairstyle and make-up are the crucial factors in projecting an attractive persona and give one the chance to enhance one's best physical features.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I think it's important to vote.

--Vivienne Westwood



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It's a philosophy of life. A practice. If you do this, something will change, what will change is that you will change, your life will change, and if you can change you, you can perhaps change the world.

--Vivienne Westwood


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If you saw Queen Elizabeth it would be amazing, she came from another planet. She was so attractive in what she was wearing.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Save the rainforest for your loved ones.

--Vivienne Westwood

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My aim is to make the poor look rich and the rich look poor.

--Vivienne Westwood


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The thing that makes my clothes really different is that, number one, they are really great designs; they're not tacky; they are very professional; the design is made from lots of decisions.

--Vivienne Westwood

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When I first saw a picture of the crucifixion, I lost respect for my parents. I suddenly realised that this is what the adult world is like -- full of cruelty and hypocrisy.

--Vivienne Westwood


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I think feminists are unaware of the tremendous extent of the role of women in history.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I don't notice anybody unless they look great, and every now and again they do, and they are usually 70.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Women fight for democracy and engage in the world. But they shouldn't try and be copying men and be masculine; they should anchor on the home and build on those fundamentals.

--Vivienne Westwood


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If you ask me what I think people should be getting next season, I'll tell you what I'd like them to buy--nothing. I'd like people to stop buying and buying and buying.

--Vivienne Westwood

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The arts have only ever interested a small minority of people, which acted as a kind of nursery to support artists.

--Vivienne Westwood

silhouette of mountain under starry night

There's always a polemic in my clothes.

--Vivienne Westwood

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody's buying far too many clothes.

--Vivienne Westwood

icy mountain scenery

I am always trying to find fabrics that are more friendly to the environment -- working with Virgin Atlantic, they managed to research into this and find more eco fabrics.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I don't care how many beauty treatments you have, I don't care which bag you're carrying -- you have to have a dress.

--Vivienne Westwood


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Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women's beauty on a pedestal.

--Vivienne Westwood


worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

I love designing at the moment, I'm so happy with my work.

--Vivienne Westwood

shallow focus photography of books

I like to literally put women on a pedestal.

--Vivienne Westwood

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There is no hierarchy of values any more. Real progress is due mainly to human genius, and that's rare, and usually stems from a real elite, from a hierarchy.

--Vivienne Westwood

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

I don't have faith in young people any more. I don't waste time trying to communicate with them.

--Vivienne Westwood

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It is extremely difficult to say how long the process actually took to finally achieve my fragrance, Boudoir, because there was a lot of time waiting around for other people.

--Vivienne Westwood

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But, the thing is, since I always had my own little shop and direct access to the public, I've been able to build up a technique without marketing people ever telling me what the public wants.

--Vivienne Westwood


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Our economic system, run for profit and waste and based primarily on the extractive industries, is the cause of climate change. We have wasted the earth's treasure and we can no longer exploit it cheaply.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Britishness is just a way of putting things together and a certain don't care attitude about clothes. You don't care, you just do it and it looks great.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Every time I have to look up a word in the dictionary, I'm delighted.

--Vivienne Westwood


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We wanted to step off our island and add the color of the third world. We got gold cigarette paper and stuck it around our teeth. We really did look like pirates and dressed to look the part.

--Vivienne Westwood

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I think that feminists have definitely underestimated the role that women have had historically. I think I would be insecure if I were to be a man; there's so much pressure on you.

--Vivienne Westwood

adobe wall

When I'm in the street, the only people I notice are usually at least 70 years old, because they look really stylish.

--Vivienne Westwood

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The migrants are not a temporary crisis. The crisis is mounting.

--Vivienne Westwood

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My clothes are very popular in Japan.

--Vivienne Westwood

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The age in which we live, this non-stop distraction, is making it more impossible for the young generation to ever have the curiosity or discipline... because you need to be alone to find out anything.

--Vivienne Westwood

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We based the look on rock 'n roll right from the beginning.

--Vivienne Westwood

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Clothing is a means of characterization. In short, each character has a style of his own in everything he does.

--Vivienne Westwood

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The muscular, athletic type is not representative of the human race, who are varied in their physique.

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brown sand under blue sky during daytime

I've got a terrible memory; it's probably because I'm always concentrating on what I'm doing now.

--Vivienne Westwood

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