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. Both her name and brand are recognised the world over, whilst at home in the UK she has attained National Treasure status as the nation's favourite fearless female icon.
This is her story. Told for the first time in all its glamour and glory and with her unique voice, unexpected perspective and passionate honesty: '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.'
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.
Dame Vivienne Westwood is a leading fashion designer and political activist. Ian Kelly is the prize-winning biographer of Casanova, Beau Brummell, Samuel Foote and Antonin Careme.
Chapter - 1: Everything is ConnectedChapter - 2: The Girl in the Utility DressChapter - 3: Let it RockChapter - 4: Mrs Westwood's Wedding DressChapter - 5: The Dirty-Turquoise SkirtChapter - 6: Sex at the World's EndChapter - 7: New York DollChapter - 8: God Save the QueenChapter - 9: Thurleigh CourtChapter - 10: Pirate PrincessChapter - 11: Maid in ItalyChapter - 12: Culture ClubChapter - 13: Fraulein KronthalerChapter - 14: `Dowager Empress West'Chapter - 15: Climate RevolutionaryChapter - 16: The River Flows OnSection - i: Chronology: A Life in Fashion and ActivismAcknowledgements - ii: AcknowledgementsSection - iii: Notes on SourcesIndex - iv: IndexSection - v: About the Author