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Vivienne Westwood (VA) Paperback – 26 Sep 2005

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: V & A Publications; 01 edition (26 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185177405X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851774050
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 1.6 x 28.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A delight for any followers of fashion' The Daily Express. 'This fabulous book serves as an informative and colourful look at the hugely influential designer's life and work' OK! 'A fascinating study of Vivienne's illustrious career' Hello! ***** (Westwood) truly is the Grand Dame of British fashion. And this book is a fitting celebration of that' Heat. '***** Drooling matter for all fashionistas' New Woman. 'Lavish ... colour-drenched, mirror-glossy, and snapped by the likes of Mario Testino and Annie Leibovitz' You Magazine, Mail on Sunday. --The Daily Express

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'A book that feels like one long, fascinating gossip session with his subject and co-author, Ian Kelly chronicles the life of the designer who has had a an unparalleled impact on British fashion ... A thorough and fitting tribute.' (Press Association)

'[Vivienne Westwood's] use of historical reference, combined with an ability to shock even the most jaded fashion pundits, ensures her place in fashion history. This autobiography reveals the woman behind the Dame.' (The Irish Times)

'To categorise Vivienne Westwood as a radical, outspoken fashionista is to minimise her contribution to British style. Inspired by Malcolm McLaren, she dressed the dandies, media darlings and the whole punk generation. Here is her glorious statement of glamour and true confession.' (Saga) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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By Mayumiwinn VINE VOICE on 8 Jun. 2005
Format: Hardcover
If like me, you are fascinated by Vivienne westwood's achievements in fashion then you wont be disappointed. This book was released to accompany the V&A exhibition last year, which was fantastic. I orginially intended to buy this book at the exhibition as a souvenir of the wonderful show, however i lacked the money at the time and was over the moon when i found it on amazon.
The book itself, is better than any of the attempts at writing a decent biography of her career. This is because of the huge contribution westwood made towards the book, which includes pictures from her own collection- and most notably the foreward at the beginning from the designer herself. She worked closely with clare wilcox, who organised the V&A exhibition so she knows her stuff!
And so it begins with the foreward, then a concise history of her career. From her childhood where she made her own clothes, to her punk days with mclaren and onto the present day.
The vast majority of the book is made up of pictures/photos of her much of her collections up to the present day.
It is such an amazing book, i like to flick through it every now and then to draw some inspiration from this truly amazing designer.
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This is a gorgeous,sumptuous book. It works precisely because it let's Vivienne's clothes speak for themselves. The full page glossy pictures of the most influential designer of the 20th Century almost make you salivate. I used to shop at World's End and wore the original Pirate range, but even then I'd still forgotten just how stunning it was. If you are interested in fashion, music, history, art, literature, anarchy and chaos, then this is for you.
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I purchased this book for my daughters GCSE Art, Design and Textiles course. Good biography and fantastic pictures of Vivenne Westwoods creations over the years.
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I understand wearing Westwood clothing won't make the statement that it did 15years plus ago when the few creative people admired the power of the look, image and the way it was about thinking outside the box. But Westwood did create some outstanding pieces. The cut & Shape will always stand out for me and i will always think to myself these are pieces to admire and years later look back at something that has had me loving the subject of fashion for more then just clothing but a Art, it way couture without being couture. I'd say this book has many of those pieces, so buy it.
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Bought this book as a christmas gift for my 16 year old daughter and she simply loves it. Appart from having wonderful colour pictures the history and in general the reading is excellent - worth every single penny and of course buying fromAmazon your going to get the best price too.
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Detailed description of her work and very detailed photographs of exhibitions etc. A great read for a Vivienne Westwood fan and anyone interested in fashion or music.

A must have.
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I bought this for my daughter who loves everything about Vivienne Westwood. A great book, with some fabulous pictures and of a high quality. Am pleased with it.
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an in-depth guide to one of our fashion icons, this book accompanied the V & A exhibition of Westwood.
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