Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood was born in Derbyshire, UK in 1941. Westwood studied fashion and silversmithing at the Harrow School of Art. Her first creations were jewelry pieces that she would sell on the streets. She designed her wedding dress when she married her first husband, Derek Westwood, in 1962. Unfortunately, the two divorced a few years later and Westwood's new partner would help her get into fashion even more.

She opened her clothing shop, Let it Rock, in 1971. Known for her avant garde, punk rock, plaid looks, she and her partner, Malcolm McLaren, began dressing British rockers that he worked with in 1981, Westwood showed her first collection in London. The show and her unique rock 'n' roll designs received recognition in the fashion world. In 1983, she showed in Paris as the second British designer to do so. In 1990, she focused more on higher fashion rather than streetstyle as she launched her first menswear line. Also in 1990, she was awarded British Designer of the Year. She received this award in 1991 as well. In the past years, Westwood has continued designing and will always be known for bringing punk to the fashion world.

Interesting note - Joseph Corré, son of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, is the founder of lingerie and perfume brand Agent Provocateur.

Vivienne Westwood partnered with Coty to release her first fragrance in 1998, Boudoir.  Other fragrances in her collection include Let It Rock (the name of her boutique) and Anglomania (the name of a fashion era in her history and created by Dominique Ropion) and the "Alice" collection (Naughty Alice and Cheeky Alice).