As Anna Wintour Apparently Requests The Removal of a Naked Statue of Vivienne Westwood from The Met Ball We Look Back At Dame Viv’s Most Controversial Moments

23 April 2013 by

As we heard the news that Anna Wintour is reported to have requested the removal of a 40ft naked sculpture of designers Dame Vivienne Westwood from the Met Ball space we have to admit to being slightly heartbroken at missing out on the chance to see a 40ft. Dame Westwood au naturel.

The furore got us thinking about the designer’s many brushes with controversy and in celebration of the woman who is keeping the flames of fashion fury burning, we decided to dedicate the gallery above to Vivienne Westwood’s most polarising moments. Long live punk and long live Vivienne Westwood! Click, click, click!

Click Through For Some Of Vivienne Westwood's Most Controversial Moments


Vivienne as Maggie, 1989

Posing on the front cover of establishment title par excellence Tatler, dresses as the bête norie of the left wing, Margaret Thatcher, Dame Vivienne created one of the most contradictory and emotive magazine covers of all time.

Not Charity Just Work, 2011

Setting her A/W 2011 campaign against the backdrop of a Nairobi slum Dame Vivienne aimed to draw attention to her partnership with the Ethical Fashion Africa Programme. One journalist referred to the campaign as ‘poverty porn cliché,’ while other admire her attempt to draw attention to ethical abuses in fashion and her motto of ‘NOT CHARITY, JUST WORK’.

'Im Julian Assange' 2012

For S/S 2013 Westwood designed pro-Julian Assange t-shirts for guests at her show to wear. Dressed at the embattled whistle-blower under the slogan ‘I’m Julian Assange’, Dame Vivienne made a stand against Assange’s controversial extradition to Sweden on the charge of sex crimes.

Roma Menswear, 2008

Under the theme of tolerance, Dame Viv showcased Roma gypsies as models in her menswear A/W 2008. The collection inspired plenty of ire from several camps including the Milan council who criticised her romanticised view of the Roma.

OBE Commando, 1992

Collecting her OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 1992, Dame Vivienne stunned photographers with a subversive swish of her coat. Revealing her commando state to the paps, she will be forever remembered for her royal flash.


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