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Awarded a DBE by Her Majesty The Queen in 2006 for her contributions to British fashion, Dame Westwood began her professional design career in 1971, working alongside visual artist and Sex Pistols manager, Malcolm McLaren, to create their iconic Chelsea-based boutique clothing store, Sex.

After spending a decade working across the British avant-garde fashion industry, Dame Westwood unveiled her first catwalk presentation at London’s Olympia in 1981, and continued to innovate by taking inspiration from 17th and 18th-century art for her designs.

Dame Westwood, who is married to long-term design partner Andreas Kronthaler, has used her collections and shows as a platform to campaign for positive activism, often highlighting the effects of climate change and over-consumption.

Her brand Vivienne is one of the last independent global fashion companies in the world, with a focus on creating imaginative and thought-provoking clothing, while raising awareness of environmental and human right issues.


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