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Fashion Designer Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE Will Address Students and Receive Honorary Doctorate

The School of Fashion is honored to announce that renowned British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE will address School of Fashion students and receive an Honorary Doctorate on Sunday, March 4th in the Morgan Auditorium at 491 Post Street at 1:30 PM.

Dame Vivienne Westwood

“We are very privileged to have Dame Vivienne Westwood visit the School of Fashion,” said Gladys Perint Palmer, Executive Director of Fashion.  “We strive to give our students every opportunity possible to learn and become more excited about the fashion world.”

Sketch by Gladys Perint Palmer

Vivienne Westwood is one of the most influential and recognizable fashion designers who, some would say, epitomizes “ cool” and virtually invented punk style having dressed the Sex Pistols. In 1970, she opened her first shop Let It Rock at 430 Kings Road, Chelsea in London with her then partner, Malcolm McLaren. Today, 30 years later, she is more concerned with haute couture than street style.

Her first runway show in 1981 was presented at Olympia in London and put her on the map as no longer solely interested in youth and street culture but also in tradition and technique. She began her technical research into historical dress with this collection, adopting and reinterpreting original cutting principles into her patterns and making them modern. 

Vivienne Westwood's Work on the Runway Vivienne Westwood's Work on the Runway Vivienne Westwood's Work on the Runway

A firm believer that there are no new ideas and that one must research the past to be original in the present, she was quoted as saying in a 2004 interview that “you don’t get ideas in a vacuum."

1983 - Showed in Paris - the first British designer to do so since Mary Quant
1984 - Showed in Tokyo
1990 & 1991 – British Designer of the Year
1992 – OBE in recognition of her services to British fashion.
1998 – Queen’s Export Award.
2006 – Named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Westwood’s son by McLaren, Joe Corre, is the founder of Agent Provocateur.

On Saturday, March 24, 2007, at 10 AM, Gladys Perint Palmer will speak on and present a slideshow of her drawings of renowned British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE entitled “ Vivienne Westwood: From Anarchy to Aristocracy – Fig Leaf to Crown” at the de Young Museum for the Textile Arts Council.  Following there will be a question and answer period.  Click here to read more: School of Fashion Executive Director Gladys Perint Palmer to lecture on Famous British Fashion Designer Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE at de Young Museum for the Textile Arts Council. Click here to read more: School of Fashion Executive Director Gladys Perint Palmer to lecture on Famous British Fashion Designer Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE

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