“I didn’t consider myself a fashion designer in the age of punk. I just used fashion as a way to express my resistance and rebellion.”
Vivienne Westwood is one of the few women that even Queen Elizabeth II calls “Dame”.
Despite the noble title, this stylist’s history starts with mixed memories of one of the dirtiest musical genres of all time.
It is in the anarchy and liberty — sexual and of expression — of punk that she took her first steps in the suggestive Kings Road.
While the guitars got heavier and the dresses got safety pins, she made herself known in the chaos of London at the beginning of the 70s. There she wrote a great chapter in the story of world culture.
Next to her then husband Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne commanded the iconic SEX boutique. He was the producer of the Sex Pistols — the Brits who became famous with their ironic song "God Save the Queen", and she was dressing Johnny Rotten and his gang.
The DIY idea that pervades this stylist’s production goes straight to the anti-establishment message in punk.
Vivienne’s pieces became icons of the 70’s generation. She, one of the great punk icons.
Today, the Dame is remembered not only as the creator of the esthetic of one of the greatest cultural movements of the last few decades, but also for getting punk out of the underground and into the mainstream.
Rebelliousness strong enough to reconfigure words of order serves to describe one of our most celebrated celebs.
More than simple fashion, our Brit’s work incites a
“Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women’s beauty on a pedestal”
Since 2008, Melissa + Vivienne Westwood has won the feet (and the heart) of innumerous women who embraced the idea of being feminine while retaining power.
Mary Jane, Vivienne iconic shoe, became a plastic version with our touch.
Other elements of her art also highlight our partnership. That’s the case with typical English fabrics like
"Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well"
The symbol of Vivienne’s brand Anglomania, the Orb is always present in Melissa. The design — a crown and a satellite - serves to symbolize the antagonisms that mark the designer’s life: the crown means tradition. The satellite, the future.
Changing fashion with her unique view, this Brit proves she’s capable of changing the world. Her world. She’s capable of filling her treasure chest of inspirations whether from a rebellious past or a title of nobility. Today, Vivienne is much more than just a Dame. She is the Queen of her own nose. She is living proof that the avant-garde can build an empire.