The iconic activist and designer, Dame Vivienne Westwood, 77, is now the leading lady in her very own documentary - and the film directed by Lorna Tucker, entitled, Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, is being screened at Cinema Akil, Dubai on February 8th to 15th.
The film blends archive footage with candid interviews and unprecedented access to her life – showcasing the Westwood inner circle – friends, family, and collaborators, including her son Joseph Corré, supermodel Kate Moss, and fashion icons André Leon Talley and Carine Roitfeld. It takes us on journey from her childhood in post-war Derbyshire, to the runways of Paris and Milan, delving into the crazy world of the Westwood fashion empire and a career that’s spanned 40 years.
Westwood rose to fame in the 1970s, when she teamed up with then-boyfriend, the late Malcolm McLaren to design anti-Establishment biker clothing and T-shirts emblazoned with provocative slogans. The infamous ‘Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die’ store on the King’s Road catapulted the punk-rock movement to the forefront of pop culture. She’s still at the helm, alongside partner and husband, Andreas Kronthaler, and for the SS18 collection they presented a circus-themed arts and crafts extravaganza, which – as provocative as ever – contained political, anti-Establishment and eco-activism messages, along with some very commercially savvy, artfully tailored pieces too.
The docu-film is also focused on Viv’s consistent philanthropic pursuits, activism, and campaigning. To name but a few, she has modelled for PETA, backed an Ethical Fashion Africa campaign and joined forces with George Clooney and singers Chris Martin and Paloma Faith on Greenpeace’s efforts to Save the Arctic.
Artist Lorna Tucker, who started out by creating promos for bands Unkle and The Cult, and short films for Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Nike, directs the film. She also happens to be an ex-model shot by Rankin and Steven Klein and an activist for the awareness and prevention of homelessness following her time spent living on the streets in her teens. So how did she find working with the legendary Dame Vivienne? “The best fun ever! [She’s by far] my favourite person.”
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