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Vivienne Westwood (Paperback)

Fred Vermorel

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ISBN 13: 978-0-87951-795-3
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The outrageously revealing ("Look, ma, no knickers!") biography of the high priestess of punk rock fashion.

Vivienne Westwood was the Queen of Punk Rock and her fashions have scandalized and fascinated the world since the Sixties. Parading models bare-breasted down the catwalks of Paris, posing pantiless outside Buckingham Palace-she has an insatiable appetite for anarchic outrageousness. She has never lost her power to shock, and her continued innovations make her one of the most talked about fashion designers in the world. But little is know about this essentially private woman. What is she like What is the secret of her success

Gleaned from more than thirty years of interviews with Westwood herself, Vivienne Westwood describes for the first time in detail Westwood's childhood and early years; it also exposes the inside story of her stormy and bizarre relationship with musician and fashionista Malcolm McLaren. The author looks at the origins of Westwood's witty and erotic sensibility, placing it in the context of the sixties, and throwing light on the dynamics of punk and on Westwood's later ability to tap into the inner logic of fashion - a Romantic perversity which is at the heart of mass consumption itself. As a dirty history of the Sixties shared by Westwood, McLaren and the author, and as a story of the triumph of a mad, bad, outrageous girl, Vivienne Westwood succeeds brilliantly.

Fred Vermorel is the author of many books on rock music, including the first biography of the Sex Pistols - his bestselling book The Secret History of Kate Bush got him banned from the offices of EMI. He has written for Time Out and New Musical Express, is a visiting lecturer at many colleges and is the creator of an innovative master's degree in fashion media, media subversions and pop music. He lives in London.

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