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Vivienne Westwood

By: Vivienne Westwood,Ian Kelly
Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
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Summary

Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age. Fashion designer, activist, cocreator of punk, global brand, and grandmother--a true living legend. Her career has successfully spanned five decades, and her work has influenced millions of people across the world.

For the first and only time, Vivienne Westwood has written a personal memoir, collaborating with award-winning biographer Ian Kelly, to describe the events, people, and ideas that have shaped her extraordinary life. Told in all its glamour and glory, and with her unique voice, unexpected perspective, and passionate honesty, this is her story.

©2014 Vivienne Westwood Limited and Ian Kelly (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

Critic reviews

"Kelly, a deft biographer, has already written studies of Beau Brummell and Casanova; he is thus a perfect match for the Enlightenment figure Vivienne Westwood aspires to be. The book is billed “as told to”, but one gets the impression it was one long rant, careering off on an uproarious picaresque romp through Westwood’s wild life." (Paperback Review, The Daily Telegraph)

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Life-changing

I re-lived parts of my youth and learned how hard someone has to work to truly make a difference and to be different. As Picasso famously said - Inspiration will find you working' Vivienne is the epitome of this. She has lived, always, in the now and has never been distracted by the nonsense of the machine and it grinding sloth.
I learned so much about climate change, illegal imprisonments, the stupidity of government and why current economics is to blame for the destruction of our beautiful environments. She uses the example of a chicken to illustrate this - she makes it so simple.
This book is intelligent, insightful, funny, moving and illuminating. Vivienne is a bright star.
Thank you Vivienne. Until now, I have had only one hero in my life and now, I have two.

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Compelling and inspiring

Would you consider the audio edition of Vivienne Westwood to be better than the print version?

The narrator was so good, often I thought I was listening to Vivienne Westwood speaking.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vivienne's tales of hard graft, fashion and revolution is utterly compelling.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yep. I didn't listen to the radio for a week. At the very least this is a really interesting tale, with shocks and laughs aplenty. I also found the messages in the story to be invigorating and an invitation to value my own brain and feed it with better quality information and ideas.

The only obvious down side is in an audio version there are no pictures, but the descriptions of her buffalo phase and pirates collection are quite visual anyway.

Any additional comments?

It's ace. Go for it.

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I started reading this book and Vivienne was alive and I finished it and she had sadly passed. RIP Vivienne.

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Unbalanced and sycophantic.

Interesting cultural references. Sickening and unbalanced praise. The woman has talent. Her self importance shines through like a beacon and I ended the book disliking her. Sections were skimmed over or whitewashed. Disappointing all round.

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Amazing

Loved this book, such a personal insight into a truly fascinating life. Narration was as if Vivienne was really speaking her parts. Would highly recommend.

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Beautifully narrated and a wonderful listen

I was one of those who 'dared' to enter 430 Kings Road and brought her clothes in the late 70's, I can tell you it was both intimidating and life changing, as such I have followed the rise of Ms Westwood and still do today, she was a genius then and still is now.

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Enlightening

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Found Vivienne as a person and the history around her work interesting. Also enjoyed her process in design.

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enjoyable

interesting ,learned a lot about westwood ,and journey through culture .very enjoyable book. thumbs up

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insightful and inspiring

Love Vivienne and her story. She's remarkable and the narration really felt like it captured the highlights of Vivienne's history and believes !

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inspiring!!

A woman that has the power to wow shock and exhilarated the population of the world!! 100% read again and again....

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  • 28-07-16

Mother of Punk

If fashion and fashion histories appeal to you and if the history of Punk appeals to you, you'll get a kick out of this. I have learned so much I didn't know. The reading is very well done although at times confusing when you can't tell if she's quoting Vivienne or someone else.

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  • J h
  • 21-06-17

The story of bar fights to couture. Great book.

I never knew a lot of the fashion world until I started studying fashion in college. Vivienne Westwood is one of my icons in the industry.

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  • DryWry
  • 20-03-15

Inspiring Story of a Strong woman

Fabulous true life story of the work it takes to fulfill one's promise and following one's passion. Save the Rain Forrest!

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  • Holly M
  • 01-02-15

Amazing

This book shows you the life and struggles she went through and makes me understand her so much better as a designer!!

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  • Brenda Equihua
  • 02-07-20

A queen

Loved Vivienne before this and even more now! Really inspiring book, especially for creatives. Life is a marathon.

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  • KJG
  • 14-09-19

"Great woman, good narration, needs better editing "

Great to listen to her amazing life, but a lot is repeated for no reason that it can get annoying and take away from a generally great petson