Vivienne Westwood. Britain's design master, style movement leader, queen of pirates, tartans, courtesans, Victoriana, and bondage.
She introduced me to fashion at a time in my life when most of the other kids were carpooling to soccer practice. I followed the notes to the music in my tape deck, so to say, and discovered Vivienne and the visual construction of Punk. Thank you Vivienne.
Pam Anderson, Vivienne and husband in ad campaign for Anglomania. Love that she used Pamela- Pam's an animal rights advocate, I like her. Vivienne has had the ability to merge different aesthetics to shape a new one and that is why I think she is so fabulous. Inventing a street style and than morphing it into couture...pure genius...textbook worthy. "Punk was trash culture gone avant-garde and/or the avant-garde gone trash, and just as Dada had tried to destroy the institution of art, so the punks seemed bent on destroying the very institution of fashion." (Elizabeth Wilson, Bohemians: The Glamorous Outcasts)