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Vivienne WESTWOOD Fashion Designer and Political Activist, London


two sons, Benjamin Arthur Westwood and Joseph Ferdinand Corre 1971 Opens first shop together with Malcolm McLaren at 430 Kings Road, London 1981 First catwalk presentation with Pirate Collection (which launched the New Romantic movement) in London 1984 Showed her collection in Tokyo alongside "Best of five" 1986 Radical change in style inspired by the 17th and 18th century 1987 Design of very first corset intended as an outer garment rather than underwear 1989 Listed one of the most influential designers in the world by John Fairchild; meets Andreas Kronthaler 1990 Appointed Professor of Fashion at the Vienna Academy of Applied Arts; first complete menswar collection at Pitti Uomo in Florence 1991 Show in Tokyo alongside Christian Lacroix, Isaac Mizrahi, Francesco Moschino at the Fashion Summit 1992 First collection of watch design, Musee d'Art in Bordeaux sponsors a retrospective on her life's work since 1993 Marriage with Andreas Kronthaler, influential work together 1993 Appointed Professor of Fashion at the Berliner Hochschule der Künste 1998 Launch of first fragrance 1999 Opening of the first US store in New York 2000 Exhibition "Vivienne Westwood" at the Museum of London 2002-2003 Opening of stores in Moscow, Hong Kong, Korea, Milan 2004-2008 Tour of the Vivienne Westwood retrospective exhibition, shown in over 10 cities worldwide 2005 First collection of high quality jewelry 2008-2010 Opening of stores in Beirut, Bangkok, Singapore, Shanghai 2010-2011 Support for Ethical Fashion Initiative together with United Nations International Trade Centre 2012 Support for eco charity Cool Earth, announcement of environmental agenda through "Climate Revolution" banner at the London Paralympics Closing Ceremony 2013 Annual fashion exhibition "Chaos to Couture" by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Vivienne Westwood today continues to show worldwide and uses the medium of her shows to talk about culture and politics, more specifically about the urgent need to act against climate change.