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REST IN PUNK, VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

The Godmother of punk façon, Vivienne Westwood, passed away yesterday.
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Dame Vivienne Isabel Swire | Yahoo! Life

Vivienne Westwood, one of my biggest façon idols, the designer who defined the look of punk, using rock iconography, royalty, art, and religion as recurring motifs in collections that brought a rebellious edge to British style, died yesterday, 30 December 2022. She was 81.

Viv was just 30 when she and her boyfriend, Malcolm McLaren—who as a music impresario would go on to manage the Sex Pistols—opened a shop called Let It Rock at 430 King’s Road in London. The business, which had a pink vinyl sign out front, was an unconventional one, selling fetish wear and fashions inspired by the Teddy Boy look of the 1950s.

Viv with Malcolm McLaren inside SEX shop | Telegraph
God Save the Queen | Collater.al
Punk and Propaganda | British Vogue
Viv and Sid Vicious | British Vogue

Over time the store changed its name several times, following Viv’s inspiration: Let It Rock, Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die, SEX, Seditionaires, and at last Worlds End with the iconic clock spinning backwards.

Outside of façon, Viv was also a dedicated political and climate activist. “I’ve used fashion to challenge the status quo,” said Viv to L’OFFICIEL in 2018.

Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock was once an employee at SEX as a sales assistant on Saturdays | British Vogue
Worlds End with its subversive clock spinning backwards | British Vogue

Vivienne is gone and the world is already a less interesting place. Rest in punk, Viv.

• Read also MALCOLM MCLAREN & SITUATIONIST INTERNATIONALISM.

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Sources: L’OFFICIEL, New York Times, Grailed, Collater.al, British Vogue, V&A, Wikipedia.

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

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