“Talk about a change maker, nonconformist, and environmentalist! Vivienne Westwood was ahead of it all! An artist, a punk, a working mother, and also a designer whose brand is still as relevant today as ever. I feel so lucky to have known her a little during an important phase of my career in fashion and to have had that period so beautifully documented by Gavin Bond in his book Being There.
Vivienne once faxed me a handwritten letter inviting me to participate in one of her shows, as one did in the early ’90s. She had recently viewed Da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine” and was excited to tell me how much the painting reminded her of me. I am quite sure it was the ermine, not the lady! Thank you, Vivienne, for staying so true to your principles and values and most importantly, for leading the way with spunk and with humor.”
“I cannot believe I am writing this… Today, we lost one of the most rare British icons of fashion ever. Vivienne Westwood inspired my career as a designer with bravery and bollocks. She invented punk.
I remember sitting with her for hours at Juergen Teller’s birthday dinner as she gently analyzed the corner of the tablecloth, folding it with precision like Japanese origami… I realized she was creating a tiny pattern and designing a zero-waste object, with little challenge. She was a genius.
Vivienne invented historic fashion design moments that woke us all up and shook the industry to its core. She led the way forward, never apologizing for exposing unjust wrongs in the world and asking uncomfortable questions.
Vivienne said it like she saw it. She wanted to make fashion better. Vivienne pushed every single boundary and held her head so high. She was cheeky, irreverent, and had the truest fuck-you vibe I have ever known. I have never ever met anyone else like her. I hope more become like her… More fight like her, more create like her, more celebrate like her.
Thank you Dame Vivienne Westwood for all you gave us. You will live on forever. God save Westwood… Punk rock will never die.”
“Somehow I imagined Vivienne living way into her hundreds. She still had so many urgent matters to shed light on, so many causes to support, still so many injustices to be outspoken about… and so many more magical outfits to create. This talented and brilliant lady was so unique and so punk in all the ways punk should be. She did it her way, all the way. I will always be grateful for having been in her inspiring company. Rest in glorious power.”
“Dearest Vivienne, queen of punk. From the first day I met you to the last day I saw you, you made me smile, listen, learn and love more than the day before. I will forever be grateful to have been in your orbit, because to me and most in fashion—and in humanity—you, Vivienne, were the sun. To the coolest, most fun, incredible, humble, creative, badass, intelligent, fucking epic human being that has walked this earth, my inspiration and idol in all things, rest in love and rest in peace…I will miss you. I’m sending my love to dear Andreas and the entire family. She was loved by so many.”
“So sad to hear that Dame Vivienne Westwood has passed away, a total legend. Her studio was the only place I ever did a work placement, over 20 years ago, it was an amazing time. I will remember her always.”
“Dame Vivienne Westwood: her legacy can’t be measured by the fact that she gave the world the interminably copied “punk.” Let’s not forget—she was the first to leave that behind. Thereon, she heroically devoted herself to standing up for civilized critical and radical thinking, constantly using her position in fashion to speak out about the urgency of environmental destruction. I want to say that she was also the most luminously beautiful woman I ever met in fashion—Tim Walker’s portrait captured it. She was uncaring of that though, which made her even more so. She was one of the very greatest British women, always ahead of her time. She was kind, normal, and messianic, all uniquely rolled into one visionary force who had not one jot of grandeur about her incredible standing as one of the most influential designers in the world.