Mark March 23 on your calendars
2018 isn’t even here yet, and already we have something to look forward to. The iconic activist and designer Dame Vivienne Westwood is set to get her first feature-length documentary in March next year.
The new film directed by Lorna Tucker – entitled Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist – will debut at Sundance, and include interviews with her friends, family, and collaborators.
Westwood rose to prominence in the 70s, dressing the Sex Pistols and being at the forefront of the punk scene thanks to her and Malcolm McLaren’s boutique SEX. The designer continued to grow her brand through the 80s and 90s and designs today alongside partner Andreas Kronthaler. They presented a circus-themed SS18 collection earlier this year.
Of course, in addition to design, Westwood is also known for her activism. Over the years, she has stripped off for a shower campaign with PETA as well as creating an Ethical Fashion Africa campaign, which saw her taking to the streets of Nairobi aiming to empower female workers. Also announced today is a new t-shirt designed by Westwood for War Child UK, which campaigns to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
Although there is little revealed about the documentary right now, one moment we hope will be featured is when she turned up to Buckingham Palace for her OBE without any underwear on. You can’t get any more punk than that.
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist will be released in UK cinemas on March 23 2018. In the meantime, revisit the SS18 show below: