From Punk Rebel to Global Icon
Vivienne Westwood’s (b.1941) name will always be synonymous with the startling clothes she designed during the Punk rock era in the 1970s. From bondage trousers to outfits based on 18th century pirate garb, she has continued to shock the fashion world.
However, Westwood’s designs have always been based on thorough historical research and her collections from the 1980s onwards have featured witty reinterpretations of traditional British symbols – from tartan and tweed to corsets and tailoring.
These themes can be seen in much of her costume jewellery. She uses exaggerated faux pearls, Swarovski crystals and coloured enamels on silver or gold-plated pewter settings. The crowned orb motif seen on many of her designs for clothes is used frequently in her jewellery, as are hearts and bows.
The combination of tradition and rebellion within Westwood’s designs make them popular with celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, Eva Mendes, Gwen Stefani, Hilary Duff, Kate Moss, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Sandra Bullock, Sienna Miller and Thandie Newton.