If you’ve been worrying about the protests outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London a lot recently – and it’s certainly caused more than a few snags in the hierarchy of the Church of England – CHILL OUT! Because Dame Vivienne Westwood has gone down there with her, we’re sure that she can sort it out.
Even though she is of an age when less committed activists/top fashion designers have put way their placards and retired to their country cottages to eat scones and knit booties for the grandchildren, Westwood flew in to the capital fresh from opening her first stand-alone shop and footwear exhibition in Shanghai, China and joined the tent-dwelling protestors in the square, accompanied by her sons, Agent Provocateur founder Joe Corré and photographer Ben Westwood.
Dame Viv is more than well known for her political views – she’s written her own manifesto, dedicated many of her collections to causes ranging from the theory of Gaia The Planet Gaia collection for spring/summer 2010 is inspired by the Gaia Theory - an ecological idea, named after the Greek supreme goddess of Earth, to her ‘I am not a terrorist’ tee shirts (above). She can often be found espousing her world view in lecture halls and on talk shows, including the line that people should not be buying so many clothes (unless they bear the Westwood label, presumably!) She has a line of eco-friendly jewellery, which is modelled by the very voluptuous Christina Hendricks and her recent range, which was sold on yoox.com was created ethically and supported the work of women living in poverty in Kenya.
What about some jolly bespoke tents for the protestors to stay in Dame Vivienne? Or some extra cosy woolly jumpers for the winter? Just a thought.