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Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood Ian Kelly



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08 September 2015
Fashion & textiles: design; Biography; Autobiography: arts & entertainment
Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age; fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand and grandmother; a true living legend. Both her name and brand are recognised the world over, whilst at home in the UK she has attained National Treasure status as the nation's favourite fearless female icon. This is her story.

Told for the first time in all its glamour and glory and with her unique voice, unexpected perspective and passionate honesty: 'The living deserve respect. The dead deserve the truth; Ian and I are working together on this and I am excited that this will be my story, the story nobody ever did before.' For the first and only time, she is both writing and collaborating on a unique personal memoir and authorised biography: partly her own voice, partly through contributions from her vast network of friends, family and associates.

Ian Kelly (award-winning biographer of, amongst others, fashion maverick Beau Brummell and the original self-publicist, Giacomo Casanova) brings the insights of a historian and friend of Vivienne to the life and works of one of the major influences of our age in this wonderful, insightful collaboration.
By:   Vivienne Westwood, Ian Kelly
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main market ed.
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 35mm
Weight:   738g
ISBN:   9781447254140
ISBN 10:   1447254147
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   08 September 2015
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Dame Vivienne Westwood is a leading fashion designer and political activist. Ian Kelly is the prize-winning biographer of Casanova, Beau Brummell, Samuel Foote and Antonin Careme.

Reviews for Vivienne Westwood

I consumed the 500-page biography in gulps, cramming it in and then decelerating to wallow in Kelly's sinuous prose.In a world where clothes are designed to become unfashionable almost upon wearing them, Vivienne Westwood reminded me of why I'm so drawn to the industry and shows how fashion, as a wearable expression of art, can change the world for the better * Sartorial Reads * This serious biography explores not only Westwood's life and career but also decades of British history and the way in which the fashion industry has developed. . .I consumed the 500-page biography in gulps, cramming it in and then decelerating to wallow in Kelly's sinuous prose * Business Day's Wanted * An uproarious picaresque romp through Westwood's wild life * Daily Telegraph * This wonderful memoir, which is adorned with beautiful images, provides a captivating portrait of a fascinating character * Daily Mail *

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