Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (12A)
19 April 2018
With exclusive access to the behind the
scenes workings of one of Britain’s most
iconic fashion houses and an unprecedented
cast of real life characters, WESTWOOD:
PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST is an untold story of a
global icon – the grand dame of punk and the
enfant terrible of British fashion.
A self-proclaimed daydreamer, Vivienne
Westwood came from humble beginnings in
the north of England, arriving in London at 17
in the midst of the swinging sixties. Her life
changed course dramatically when she met
Sex Pistols Manager and impresario Malcolm
McLaren and their Kings Road shop launched
punk, and revolutionized popular culture.
Over the next forty years Vivienne
persevered through failed relationships,
personal vendettas, the mockery of the
press, and financial hardship, to endure as
a British cultural icon and global fashion
Today Westwood sits alongside Gucci, Dior
and McQueen – but what’s unique about
Vivienne is that she is the only namesake
who still owns and runs her empire, and at
seventy-six shows no sign of slowing down.
We join Vivienne at a pivotal time, as her
company opens flagship stores in the fashion
capitals of Paris and New York. What begins
as a celebration of the brand across their
busiest year soon becomes more complex, as
we see that global success comes at a price.
As we witness the successes, the conflicts
and the insecurities that she faces today,
we skip back to key biographical moments.
Patterns and parallels emerge between her
21st century activism and the inherently anti
establishment punk rock ethos of her youth.
This richly textured narrative will transcend
the standard fashion film format, to become
an intimate and inspiring portrait of true
British icon: a single mother, a punk and an