When we think of punk-glam aesthetic, it’s difficult for Vivienne Westwood not to come to mind. Since the early 1970s, Vivienne Westwood has helped shift the direction of the the fashion scene, starting from her involvement with the punk movement. Alongside her then partner Malcolm McLaren, Westwood can be credited to being a forebear of some of the most iconic fashion trends in recent memory. Remember this bra top from the Buffalo collection? Yup, Westwood was designing underwear as outerwear well before the Kardashian clan embraced the vibe. Speaking of Buffalo, who can forget Pharrell Williams’ run of the famed “Arby” hat. The hat was taken from Westwood’s 1982 “Buffalo Girls” collection and Williams has sported multiple versions of the hat, with a Twitter account popping up about the phenomenon. “He wore it… to death, I think,” Westwood’s partner and co-designer, Andreas Kronthaler said.
It should come as no surprise that Vivienne Westwood was recently the subject of a new documentary, Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, that further documents her undeniable fashion presence in modern society. Much like her confident demeanour and outspoken nature, so too are many of her designs and Westwood is one of the most influential designers that combines activism with fashion, something that generations continue to get behind.