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'A true genius': Celebrities lead tributes following death of designer Vivienne Westwood

Westwood’s family announced her passing yesterday aged 81.

LAST UPDATE | 30 Dec 2022

CELEBRITIES INCLUDING VICTORIA Beckham, Naomi Campbell and Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall are among the stars paying tribute to Vivienne Westwood following the death of the iconic British designer.

“Today we lost one of the most rare British icons of fashion ever,” designer Stella McCartney wrote on Instagram, adding that she “inspired my career with bravery and bollocks. She invented punk”.

Westwood’s family announced her passing yesterday aged 81.

Her punk style defined a generation in the 1970s, and she went on to become one of the biggest figures in the world of high fashion, as well as an outspoken advocate for political and environmental causes.

Fellow designer Beckham wrote that she was “so sad to learn of the passing of legendary designer and activist Dame Vivienne Westwood” while another big name of the fashion world, Marc Jacobs, wrote that she “did it first. Always. Incredible style with brilliant and meaningful substance”.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell, who famously fell while wearing towering heels during a Westwood show in the 1990s, called her “a force of nature” and said her “regal and ground-breaking cuts” were still being copied.

The Pretenders’ frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, who worked at Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s boutique in punk’s early days, sent her love to her departed friend.

“Vivienne is gone and the world is already a less interesting place. Love you Viv,” Hynde tweeted.

Among Westwood’s many big name commissions was designing wedding dresses for TV show Sex and the City.

Cattrall described her on Instagram as a “true genius who never lost her northern grit” and told a story of how Westwood helped her out with dresses for a premier when she was caught short.

“I’ve never forgotten her generosity and kindness in making that happen and saving the day,” Cattrall wrote on Instagram. “RIP Vivienne. You are a legend.”

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals charity (PETA) said Westwood had “pushed fashion forward” as an early adopter of ethical couture, banning fur from her lines in 2007.

She appeared naked (apart from a shower cap) in a PETA campaign against wasting water in 2014.

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer also took to the social media platform to say Westwood’s “unique voice will be irreplaceable and will be missed”.

Actor Jamie Lee Curtis admitted she was “terrified” when her then-boyfriend, popstar Adam Ant, bought her some Westwood clothes during the furore around her “Pirates Collection” in the early 1980s.

“It was avant-garde and punk and dangerous and rebellious, not one of those words that you would apply to me and yet I gamely tried to wear them,” Curtis wrote on Instagram.

“Boy, do I wish I had those clothes today. A true icon. A talented dame.”

Model Bella Hadid said Westwood was the “queen of punk”. 

“To the coolest, most fun, incredible, humble, creative, badass, intelligent … epic human being that has walked this earth… my inspiration and idol in all things… rest in love and rest in peace… I will miss you,” she wrote on Instagram. 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan described Westwood as “a creative icon who helped cement the UK at the very forefront of modern fashion”.

© AFP 2022

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