Vivienne on Vivienne

Well no prizes for guessing that I like all things Vivienne. Despite my love of Vivien Leigh, there is a special place in my hear for all the Vivienne’s spelt with 2 V’s, 2I’s, 2E’s and 2 N’s. Thank you Brad and Angelina for choosing the superior Vivienne spelling for your little one. So today I am wrapping the 75th – or should we say Diamond Jubilee – birthday of British Icon Vivienne Westwood .

According to she was born  Vivienne Isabel Swire in Glossop, Derbyshire, England, on April 8, 1941 and went on to become the one of the most unconventional and outspoken fashion designers in the world. She rose to fame in the late 1970s when her early designs helped shape the look of the punk rock movement.

Westwood has a distinctive aesthetic where tartan features strongly. She designed her Westwood MacAndreas tartan for her Anglomania collection, Autumn/Winter 1993/4. The collection launch is famous for featuring  tartan clad supermodels Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell famously toppling off her 10-inch blue mock-croc platforms.

The tartan was woven by Lochcarron of Scotland and named MacAndreas after her husband, Andreas Kronthaler. A woven sample of this tartan  (and the image I used) has been received by the Scottish Register of Tartans for permanent preservation in the National Records of Scotland and. I should think so.  

So my wrap features her distinctive tartan against a distinctive tartan runway look. I have my V gift tag pinned on with a safety pin in a nod to Vivienne’s punk influence. Hope to be even a fraction funky when I am 75.

Image: Scottish Regiater of Tartans

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