Iconic British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has passed away at the age of 81.
She died in Clapham, south London, on Thursday, Westwood’s company confirmed.
In a tweet, the official brand account wrote: “Vivienne Westwood passed away today, peaceful and surrounded by her family… the world needs people like Vivienne to change things for the better.”
Westwood was born on April 8, 1941.
Westwood’s designs came to prominence during the punk era of 1970s England, with much of her clothing donned by punk music pioneers the Sex Pistols. Westwood’s impact on punk is widely acknowledged, with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute going so far as to call her the “Mother of Punk”.
As explained by Vogue, Westwood’s designs became known in the 1990s for elaborate and luxurious 18th century European elements similar to those created by the likes of Marie Antoinette. Many of these ornate elements can be seen in one of Westwood’s most recognizable pieces: the “Sex and the City” wedding dress. The multi-layered gold and ivory wedding gown was worn by star Sarah Jessica Parker for the 2008 movie — and was worn when Parker, as Carrie Bradshaw, was left at the altar.
The dress was so loved that, according to Harper’s Bazaar, Westwood released a series of pieces inspired by the dress to commemorate the film’s 10th anniversary.
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