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People in design: Westwood – something like a Dame

When she collected an OBE from the British Queen, Vivian Westwood dressed in a transparent dress, no knickers and a strategically placed fig leaf. It didn’t stop her from becoming a Dame in 2006.  She walked out of the premiere of “Sex and the City” ten minutes into the film, saying the clothes, presumably excluding the featured wedding dress she had designed, were  frumpy.  It is believed that she later contacted the producers about being involved in a sequel. She told people not to buy her clothes, was pictured on the cover of Tattler wearing the  ‘never delivered’ suit destined for then British Prime Minister Margret Thatcher. She was there at the birth of punk, made t-shirts that we just aren’t going to put on this blog and, well, we love her.

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Vivian Westwood is a mess of fascinating contradictions and a crafts person supreme.  So it is hardly surprising that her furnishings, rugs, cushions and wallpapers are creative, beautifully detailed and sought after. Maybe the only real surprise is that some, ok, not all, are so user friendly.

We’ve put together some of our favourite Westwood home decoration pieces. They have been around a while but we think there is no harm in reminding people about the things we really love.

Vivian’s inspirations are as varied as her political pronouncements. And her work is just as bold. The squiggle on the rug is based on her signature,. The same design is available as wallpaper. The tartan on the wallpaper will be familiar to those who know her clothing and the insects wallpaper is based on something from the wardrobe of Queen Elizabeth the first.

And for those who are more familiar with her work back in the 70’s, don’t worry, there’s not a single naked cowboy on show this time!

Vivian Westwood wallpaper

Vivian Westwood rug

Vivian Westwood wallpaper

Vivienne Westwood  tartan shirting

Vivienne Westwood  pilow

The wall papers, some intricate, some bold are available from Cole and Son. The rugs, perhaps too special/expensive to walk on,  are available from The Rug Company, along with designs by the likes of Paul Smith and their own very impressive collection.

If you want to know more about Vivian, check out her Active Resistance Web Site and her clothing range.


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