Famous British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood dies at the age of 81. Her fashion house announced the news of her passing in a post on Twitter. The fashion designer went away in South London “peacefully and surrounded” by her family. Andreas Kronthaler, her husband and business partner, declared, “I will continue on with Vivienne in my heart.”
Along with the news of her passing, one of her most well-known quotations appeared, “There was never more need for the Tao today. Tao gives you a feeling that you belong to the cosmos and gives purpose to your life; it gives you such a sense of identity and strength to know you’re living the life you can live and therefore ought to be living: make full use of your character and full use of your life on earth.”
The fashion and entertainment industries were shocked to learn of the renowned designer’s passing. Westwood has collaborated with a number of famous people and models over the years. Victoria Beckham was one of the first people to express her sorrow on the demise of Westwood. The Spice Girls member and fashion designer remarked, “I’m so sad to learn of the passing of legendary designer and activist Dame Vivienne Westwood. My thoughts are with her family at this incredibly sad time.”
Hailey Bieber also took to her Instagram story and wrote, “Rest in peace to the iconic legend that is Vivienne Westwood. Thank you for your creations and beautiful vision.” Jamie Lee Curtis, an actress, also paid respect to Westwood in her blog post, writing, “Westwood has died. She was a brilliant creator, bold, brash, unique. She influenced SO MANY and gave them the permission to be themselves and beyond themselves. My longtime hairdresser and friend @seanjameshair has been a devotee and brand ambassador forever. She is tattooed all over him and was his muse. What a legacy of creativity she will always be.”
Vivienne Westwood’s Career Development
According to BBC, Westwood presented the Pirate Collection, her first formal fashion presentation, in 1981. Her creations demonstrated how she was inspired by French and British history. In the early 2000s, Westwood started creating wedding gowns. She created beautiful wedding dresses for celebrities like model Dita Von Teese, who married rocker Marilyn Manson while wearing her purple gown.
Princess Eugenie also wore three Westwood pieces to her cousin Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. In the film Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw famously wore one of Nicholas Westwood’s wedding gown designs. Westwood was an advocate for various significant causes and skillfully used her position to discuss vital topics. She also took issues she was passionate about, like climate change, to the runway. She was also a longtime political activist, Variety reports, fighting to combat consumerism, save the environment, and protest issues like wage injustice. For her contributions to fashion, she was named a Dame in 2006.