When Grazia hopped along to the Tabernacle in Notting Hill on a Sunday night (we’re dedicated, aren’t we?) to see Vivienne Westwood narrate her ‘Active Resistance’ Manifesto with a cast of young local theatre group kids, we just didn’t know what to expect. First of all, the crowd was of interest. Half were Westwoodettes – that means girls with sexy tailoring, red lippy and little hats and the other half were older intellectual types – straight leg jeans and a warm fleece for such a cold evening After a few pre show beverages, we took our sits where the fashion fans were so excited just to be a few metres away from Dame Viv herself (wearing a grey jersey jumpsuit, headband and big goggly specs) their cameras didn’t stop flashing throughout and one enthusiast couldn’t help himself from excessively blurting out ‘bravo’ and ‘here here’. The foundations of Vivienne’s Manifesto on resisting propaganda and becoming more culturally aware and involved are difficult to sum up or even fully grasp, so a big round of applause went to the cute kids who played out the sketches with her (especially the boy who played Pinnochio). Yes, we did say Pinnochio. After a Q&A with the audience we discovered that Vivienne’s passionate appearance on Jonathan Ross’s Friday night show encouraged 30,000 people to sign her petition, so naturally, she feels that TV may be the way forward to reach out. So, start getting excited, because the flame haired fashion designer could soon be on our TV screens!
- Hannah Almassi