When punk meets fashion
Dame Vivienne Westwood is one of the fashion industry’s most iconic designers, who is largely credited for her influence on punk and fashion. However, she is more than just a designer, which is highlighted in her biopic, Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, which will screen at Cinema Akil from February 8th to 15th.
The documentary, directed by Lorna Tucker, gives audiences a rare insight into the designer’s life. It includes candid interviews with her family, friends, and people that she has collaborated with over the years, like her son Joseph Corré, supermodel Kate Moss, and fashion editors André Leon Talley and Carine Roitfeld. The film, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, follows the 77-year-old from her journey from postwar Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan.
Vivienne’s career in fashion kicked off in the 1970’s, when she met her then-boyfriend Malcom McLaren. At one point during their relationship, Malcom started managing British punk-rock band the Sex Pistols, who used to wear clothes designed by the couple, which garnered lots of media attention. This lead to the designer being one of the pioneers of the punk fashion phenomenon, which has went on to influence all her designs moving forward.
However, Vivienne is much more than just a fashion designer, she is also an activist, as the documentary title points out. The movie also delves into her philanthropic efforts and her activism. For instance, during her collaboration with Burberry, she added a meaningful piece to the collection – an oversized Cool Earth T-shirt with a handwritten message, which was dedicated to charity. Cool Earth is a UK based non-profit organisation, that is combating climate change and trying to slow it down by working alongside rainforest communities, which is a cause close to her heart.
Get your tickets to Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist here!
Media: Cinema Akil