Fashion Designer & Activist.
Vivienne Westwood has always used her collections and catwalk shows as a platform to campaign for positive activism. She has spent many years tirelessly speaking out about the effects of climate change and overconsumption, and has mobilised international attention around ecological crusading. Vivienne compares the dire situation to battle:
“It’s a war for the very existence of the human race. And that of the planet. The most important weapon we have is public opinion: go to art galleries, start to understand the world you live in. You're a freedom fighter as soon as you start doing that.”
As well as Human rights, Vivienne is passionate about the environment and actively supports the charity, Cool Earth, in their efforts to save the rainforest and stop climate change, as well as supporting the Environmental Justice Foundation and Friends of the Earth- amongst others. Vivienne is also an ambassador for Greenpeace and in 2013 designed their official ‘Save the Artic’ logo and in 2015 launched a global campaign to stop drilling and industrial fishing in the area.
Vivienne inaugurated the 'Climate Revolution' at the 2012 London Paralympics closing ceremony and continues to rally charities, NGO’s and individuals to join forces and to take action against disengaged political leaders and big business.
“The Revolution is already begun. The fact of man-made climate change is accepted by most people. Through every walk of life people are changing their values and their behaviour. This continues to build the Revolution. The fight is no longer between the classes or between rich and poor but between the idiots and the eco-conscious.”
Vivienne’s blog: www.climaterevolution.co.uk and recently published diaries ‘Get A Life’, feature detailed personal commentary on her concerns, passions and campaigns.
Val Garland is one of the world's top make-up artists and is a regular collaborator with Vivienne Westwood. She is known for her highly conceptual work and as well as working with Vivienne Westwood she has been a key part of iconic shows for Alexander McQueen and John Galliano for Dior. For the 'Mirror the World' show Val Garland created looks that distorted the models eyes and mouths to emphasise the cracks of a broken mirror. Her work created a look that was both beautiful and arresting in equal measure.
'MIRROR THE WORLD' SPRING/SUMMER 2016 CAMPAIGN SHOT BY PHOTOGRAPHER JUERGEN TELLER
Shot around the alleys & canals, shipyards and palazzos of Venice, the campaign highlights the beauty & decay of Venice and the urgent need to save it.
Juergen Teller (born January 28, 1964) is a German artist and fine-art and fashion photographer. Juergen has photographed Vivienne and Andreas’ campaigns for a number of years and they continue to work together.
‘Juergen somehow always manages to get the picture, he gets to the route of the matter every time he takes a photograph.’
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD RED LABEL SPRING / SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION - also titled ‘MIRROR THE WORLD’
"The most important philosophical question ever asked is “what is a good life?” A good life is one which mirrors the world. That means that you understand the world through art and culture. You understand the genius of the human race and you understand yourself in relation to it. You’re like a little tiny shard of mirror glass that’s exactly a copy of the whole world. You’re very beautiful because you understand the beauty of the world and you understand the human race and you want to do your best."
Dame Vivienne Westwood
This exhibit was created by the British Fashion Council in collaboration with Vivienne Westwood.
All rights belong to Vivienne Westwood unless otherwise specifically stated. All models and photographers have been credited where known.