Vivienne Westwood explains reason behind her bizarre style

Vivienne Westwood explains reason behind her bizarre style

Boston : MA : USA | Nov 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM PST
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Vivienne Westwood has opened up about her odd sense of dressing and bizarre fashion choices. The 71-year-old designer, who is famous for her outlandish views on fashion, revealed in a recent interview that she adapted punk style because of her disillusionment with the world.

“I became a punk because I was so upset with what was going on in the world,” the flame-colored British personality said, according to a report by MailOnline. “I just couldn't stand the idea of people being tortured and that we even had such a thing as war. I hated the older generation, who had not done anything about it. Punk was a call-to-arms for me.”

Expressing her views in a new Amnesty film, Westwood urged for justice to be given to Egyptian woman, Azza Hilal Ahmad Suleiman, who was severely beaten by soldiers during a demonstration near Tahrir Square in December last year. Suleiman, who was trying to defend another woman being stamped on by the military, suffered a fractured skull and memory loss as a result, but no one was charged with the assault.

Westwood said, “The bravery shown by Azza Suleiman who dared to stand up for another woman who was being beaten, and paid a heavy price in doing so, is both awe-inspiring and humbling.”

“Not only has Azza suffered physical trauma at the hands of those who had a basic responsibility to protect her, she suffered a further blow in being denied the justice she is owed. This is shambolic. I urge everyone to be trendsetters for Azza Suleiman. Let's make it one fashion which everyone will want to follow,” she added.

Vivienne Westwood, who was awarded in OBE in 1992, also recalled her earliest memories of friendship and solidarity.

She said, “I do remember the first time I tried to help somebody. I hadn't been at school very long and in the playground there was this little boy that nobody talked to. He was in his own little world just alienated. He was very dirty and smelly and nobody played with him. I just thought this was so unfair, it was not his fault that his mother doesn't look after him.”

“And what I decided was, I announced to everybody that he was my boyfriend and the poor child was terrified. It's important to help other people, more than anything it's human,” she added.

Westwood, who got fascinated by the punk fashion phenomenon in the 1970s, introduced key trends like chains on clothing and spiked jewelry as well as outrageous make-up and hair into the fashion world.

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Vivienne Westwood is applauded by her models
Vivienne Westwood is applauded by her models
Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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