Vivienne Westwood

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Full NameVivienne Isabel Swire
BornApril 8, 1941, Glossop, Derbyshire, England
DiedDecember 29, 2022, Clapham, London, England
Alma MaterUniversity of Westminster
OccupationsPrimary School Teacher, Fashion Designer, Businesswoman, Activist
LabelVivienne Westwood
Spouses– Derek Westwood (m. 1962; div. 1965)
– Malcolm McLaren (m. 1967; div. 1980)
– Andreas Kronthaler (m. 1993)
Children2, including Joseph Corré
AwardsBritish Fashion Designer of the Year (1990, 1991, 2006)
Notable TitlesDame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE), Royal Designer for Industry (RDI)
Net Worth$50 million
InfluenceRanked 4th most influential artist in Britain of the last 50 years by Sky Arts (2022)
Significant AchievementsBrought modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream
BoutiqueCo-ran “Sex” boutique with Malcolm McLaren on King’s Road, influential in shaping the 1970s UK punk scene
Political ActivismPromoted political causes such as Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, climate change, and civil rights groups
Early Life– Born to Gordon Swire and Dora Swire (née Ball) during WWII
– Father worked as a storekeeper in an aircraft factory and previously as a greengrocer
– Family moved to Harrow, Greater London, in 1958
EducationTook a jewelry and silversmith course at the University of Westminster, left after one term
Early Career– Worked in a factory, studied at teacher-training college, became a primary school teacher
– Created and sold her own jewelry on Portobello Road
Personal Life– Married Derek Westwood in 1962, had son Benjamin in 1963
– Later married Malcolm McLaren and Andreas Kronthaler

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