Fashion Designer Vivienne Westwood Dead at 81


Vivenne Westwood.
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Legendary dressmaker Vivienne Westwood has died. Her eponymous label confirmed the fashion icon’s passing on Thursday, December 29.

“Vivienne Westwood died in the present day, peacefully and surrounded by her household in Clapham, South London,” read a statement shared to the official Vivienne Westwood Twitter account. “The world wants individuals like Vivienne to make a change for the higher.”

Alongside the memo, was a photograph and a quote by the late fashion star. “Too non secular system. There was by no means extra want for the Tao in the present day,” the message started. “Tao provides you a sense that you just belong to the cosmos and offers objective to your life; it provides you such a way of identification and power to know you’re dwelling the life you possibly can dwell and subsequently must be dwelling: make full use of your character and full use of your life on earth.” (Westwood thought-about herself a Taoist.)

The model issued a lengthier assertion by way of Instagram on Thursday, sharing perception on Westwood’s remaining days.

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“Vivienne continued to do the issues she cherished, up till the final second, designing, engaged on her artwork, writing her e-book, and altering the world for the higher,” learn the social media put up. “She led an incredible life. Her innovation and impression over the past 60 years has been immense and can proceed into the longer term.”

Westwood started her style profession within the Nineteen Seventies and has been credited with radicalizing style because of her provocative and punk rock designs. She pushed design boundaries with contrasting patterns, daring silhouettes and funky textures, persistently paying homage to her British roots.

Her creations have been worn by Gigi Hadid, Kristen Stewart, Rita Ora, Miley Cyrus, Doja Cat and extra. She famously designed the voluminous champagne-colored robe Intercourse and the Metropolis‘s Carrie Bradshaw donned to say “I do” to Mr. Huge — though the 2 didn’t make it to the altar within the 2008 movie. Sarah Jessica Parker made headlines when she was noticed filming season 2 of And Simply Like That within the eye-catching quantity in November.