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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.


Active Resistance to Propaganda, cultural manifesto 2005


British Designer of the Year, 1990
British Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Council Award, 1991
Order of the British Empire, 1992
Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art, 1992
Outstanding Contribution to Contemporary Culture by the First Institute of Contemporary Art, 1994
Queen's Award for Export, 1998
first designer to be honoured at the Moet & Chandon Fashion Tribute, 1998
UK Fashion Export Award for Design, 2003
Lifetime Achievement Award at Elle Style Awards, 2004
Women's World Fashion Award, 2004
Dame of the British Empire, 2006
Outstanding Achievement in Fashion at the British Fashion Awards, 2007
Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Heriot Watt University, 2008
Fellowship at King's College London, 2008