Vivienne Westwood: Do It Yourself

Vivienne Westwood: Do It Yourself

SBS2  |  March 10, 2012

This documentary is the portrait of today's Westwood - the Woman, Artist, intellectual and activist. Vivienne Westwood is the English queen of fashion. She has been deconstructing and reinventing since 1970, driven by her hatred of convention. She is not a classical designer but a revolutionary. She has rekindled the spirit of the French Revolution with her corsets and bustles. Now Lady Westwood, she is still subversive and provocative today, just like the Punk movement she clothed in the '70s. We followed her for a year. "This is the whole point about designing clothes. It is made of thousands of decisions hundreds and hundreds in one collection. But it is made by all those thousands that you make in a lifetime as well," Westwood says. "If you are just starting to look at fashion it can look very very superficial. Especially if you are looking at fashion magazines or whatever, you just have to try to understand the world and then if you do then it gives you an anchor in life. And you can do fashion, even if you are bored by it. I used to be bored by it for about 15 years. I like it. I like it now, and I like it because I can make a story from it that to me inhabits a certain possible world."

This documentary is the portrait of today's Westwood - the Woman, Artist, intellectual and activist. Vivienne Westwood is the English queen of fashion. She has been deconstructing and reinventing since 1970, driven by her hatred of convention. She is not a classical designer but a revolutionary. She has rekindled the spirit of the French Revolution with her corsets and bustles. Now Lady Westwood, she is still subversive and provocative today, just like the Punk movement she clothed in the '70s. We followed her for a year. "This is the whole point about designing clothes. It is made of thousands of decisions hundreds and hundreds in one collection. But it is made by all those thousands that you make in a lifetime as well," Westwood says. "If you are just starting to look at fashion it can look very very superficial. Especially if you are looking at fashion magazines or whatever, you just have to try to understand the world and then if you do then it gives you an anchor in life. And you can do fashion, even if you are bored by it. I used to be bored by it for about 15 years. I like it. I like it now, and I like it because I can make a story from it that to me inhabits a certain possible world."

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