Vivienne Westwood died Thursday, December 29. She was 81. Famous for her unique style, she was responsible for bringing punk elements and new-wave designs into modern fashion.
Sure, these elements have existed since time immemorial, but her influence and design helped them reach the mainstream. So, take a look back at one of the icons in the fashion industry and see the net worth Westwood amassed.
The Success of Vivienne Westwood’s Unique Fashion Sense and Style
The fashion first came to light when she made clothes for her and Malcolm McLaren’s boutique on King’s Road, later known as SEX.
Their unique ability to combine good clothing with the right music became a hit, shaping the 1970s U.K. punk scene that dominated McLaren’s band, the Sex Pistols.
Westwood saw punk as the “way of seeing if one could put a spoke in the system.”
Eventually, she opened four more shops in London, and it expanded throughout Britain and across the world.
She sold numerous ranges of merchandise while promoting her several political causes in some pieces at the same time, like the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, climate change, and civil rights groups.
She turned provocation itself into an art form, popularizing leather bondage gear in the 1970s. She even went to Buckingham Palace to receive her damehood from the late Queen Elizabeth II without wearing any undies.
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At the time of her death, Westwood had a net worth of $50 million.
The Death of a Fashion Icon
Westwood’s fashion label announced her death in a post on Twitter.
“Vivienne Westwood died today, peacefully and surrounded by her family, in Clapham, South London,” the post read. “The world needs people like Vivienne to make a change for the better.”
Her PA news agency, husband, and creative partner Andreas Kronthaler later released a statement about her passing.
"We have been working until the end and she has given me plenty of things to get on with. Thank you, darling,” he said.
A number of tributes and honors started pouring after the news about Westwood’s death broke.
London's Victoria and Albert Museum described Westwood as a "true revolutionary and rebellious force in fashion”, while Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan called her a “towering figure.”
"Her punk style rewrote the rule book in the 1970s and (she) was widely admired for how she stayed true to her own values throughout her life," she wrote in a Twitter post.
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