Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
The wonderfully eccentric, endlessly inventive Vivienne Westwood is the reluctant star of this fabulous documentary.
The British fashion designer stomped into the limelight in ’70s London, when the Sex Pistols (managed by her then-husband Malcolm McLaren) sported her designs. Over the decades, Westwood’s aberrant focus has shifted from punk to eco-activism. Her working life, chaotic creative process and close collaboration with her third husband – the endlessly patient Andreas – is revealed through archival footage and interviews. Long shunned by the establishment, in 1992 she was awarded an OBE for services to fashion (true to form, she attended the Buckingham Palace ceremony knicker-less). Straight talking Dame Vivienne considers her history to be "so boring", but in this she’s wrong: there’s loads to entertain in Lorna Tucker’s fine documentary.
Dame-d by the very Queen she and her fellow punks once desired to ‘destroy’, Vivienne Westwood has gone from national joke, ridiculed for her outré, rude fashion design, to national treasure, but at 76 she hasn't mellowed with age. – Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Times UK
A Bolero-scored montage of her catwalk creations [over] the years is delightful. And Vivienne, for all her recalcitrance, is fine company. There really is nothing like a Dame. – Tara Brady, The Irish Times