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Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood

(1941-), Fashion designer

Sitter in 17 portraits
Vivienne Isabel Swire was born in Derbyshire and moved to London with her family when she was 17. Her first career was as a primary school teacher but left in 1971 to form a partnership with Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols, (1946-2010). Together they opened a boutique on King's Road called Let it Rock which sold 'Teddy Boy' clothes. By 1974 the shop had been renamed Sex and Westwood began to sell her designs which would define the look of the punk movement. McLaren and Westwood's first catwalk show staged in 1981. Westwood was named Designer of the Year in 1990 and 1991 and her career to date was celebrated with a retrospective exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2004.

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Vogue's Millennium Party, by Mario Testino - NPG P1022

Vogue's Millennium Party

by Mario Testino
C-type colour print, 1999
NPG P1022

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood, by Juergen Teller - NPG P1980

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood

by Juergen Teller
C-type colour print, 2014
NPG P1980

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood; Joseph Corré, by Laurie Lewis - NPG x136302

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood; Joseph Corré

by Laurie Lewis
C-type colour print, 1985
NPG x136302

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood, by Angus McBean - NPG x128899

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood

by Angus McBean
C-type colour print, 1988
NPG x128899

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood, by Alastair Thain - NPG x45104

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood

by Alastair Thain
toned bromide fibre print, 1988
NPG x45104

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood, by Fergus Greer - NPG x126886

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood

by Fergus Greer
Lambda print, 1990
NPG x126886

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood, by David Secombe - NPG x68821

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood

by David Secombe
cibachrome print, 1992
NPG x68821

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood, by Anne-Katrin Purkiss - NPG x47119

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood

by Anne-Katrin Purkiss
bromide fibre print, December 1992
NPG x47119

Modern Muses of Great Britain, by Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda - NPG x126319

Modern Muses of Great Britain

by Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda
digital C-type colour print, 1996
NPG x126319

Cora Corré; Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood, by Johnnie Shand Kydd - NPG x87738

Cora Corré; Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood

by Johnnie Shand Kydd
bromide fibre print, 1998
NPG x87738

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood, by Kevin Mackintosh - NPG x125279

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood

by Kevin Mackintosh
C-type colour print, 2001
NPG x125279

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood, by Bryan Adams - NPG x131986

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood

by Bryan Adams
C-type colour print, 20 February 2008
NPG x131986

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood

by Juergen Teller
C-type colour print, 2009
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1981

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood

by Philip Sayer
colour print from original transparency, 1987
NPG x76416

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood as Elizabeth I

by Gian Paolo Barbieri
archival digital print, 1997
On display in Room 37 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x131334

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Cora Corré; Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood

by Kevin Mackintosh
C-type colour print, 2001
NPG x125278

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