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The life story of Dame Vivienne Westwood, told for the first time.
Chapter - 1: Everything is ConnectedChapter - 2: The Girl in the Utility DressChapter - 3: Let it RockChapter - 4: Mrs Westwood's Wedding DressChapter - 5: The Dirty-Turquoise SkirtChapter - 6: Sex at the World's EndChapter - 7: New York DollChapter - 8: God Save the QueenChapter - 9: Thurleigh CourtChapter - 10: Pirate PrincessChapter - 11: Maid in ItalyChapter - 12: Culture ClubChapter - 13: Fraulein KronthalerChapter - 14: `Dowager Empress West'Chapter - 15: Climate RevolutionaryChapter - 16: The River Flows OnSection - i: Chronology: A Life in Fashion and ActivismAcknowledgements - ii: AcknowledgementsSection - iii: Notes on SourcesIndex - iv: IndexSection - v: About the Author
Dame Vivienne Westwood is a leading fashion designer and political activist. Ian Kelly is the prize-winning biographer of Casanova, Beau Brummell, Samuel Foote and Antonin Careme.
A book that feels like one long, fascinating gossip session with his subject and co-author, Ian Kelly chronicles the life of the designer who has had a an unparalleled impact on British fashion ... A thorough and fitting tribute Press Association As a practised, deft biographer, [Ian Kelly]'s already given us flash-lit lives of Beau Brummell and Casanova - and is thus a perfect match for the Enlightenment figure Vivienne Westwood aspires to be. The book is billed "as told to", but one gets the impression it was one long stream-of-consciousness rant, careering off on an uproarious picaresque romp through a wild and often unaccountable life. Holding a legend to account is Kelly's dilemma - and his skill. He accomplishes it by the skin of his buckskin breeches, with a wit and humour of his own -- Philip Hoare Telegraph [Vivienne Westwood's] use of historical reference, combined with an ability to shock even the most jaded fashion pundits, ensures her place in fashion history. This autobiography reveals the woman behind the Dame -- Phyl Clarke Irish Times To categorise Vivienne Westwood as a radical, outspoken fashionista is to minimise her contribution to British style. Inspired by Malcolm McLaren, she dressed the dandies, media darlings and the whole punk generation. Here is her glorious statement of glamour and true confession Saga