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Dame Vivienne Westwood

Dame Vivienne Westwood
Dame Vivienne Westwood

In a HARDtalk interview broadcast on 10 February, Stephen Sackur talks to Dame Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood is one of the best known and most original designers in the international fashion business.

She made her name by defining the look of punk rebellion in the 1970s. Ever since, her work has been provocative and political.

But her message also appears to be paradoxical. She tells us all to consume less, even as her own fashion label goes from strength to strength.

Stephen Sackur examines the Westwood philosophy.

Cutting a dash

Dame Vivienne tells Stephen "It's nice to be visual, to step out and cut a figure".

But, she says, there is no need for rampant consumerism. Her advice is to buy fewer clothes but choose them carefully.

Vivienne Westwood on the virtues of dressing up

Anarchy in the UK

How did she and Malcolm McLaren create the look which revolutionised street fashion? "I was in to anarchy" she explains.

Stephen asks her about how she first got in to the fashion business.

Dame Vivienne Westwood tells Stephen Sackur on Hardtalk how she got in to the fashion business and created punk.

Shock tactics

Describing one of her designs - a grouse in a turban - Stephen asks Vivienne Westwood whether she was out to shock with her clothes.

"I never tried to shock" she says. "I tried to say something".

What people wear says a lot about who they are, says Vivienne

HARDtalk is broadcast on the BBC World News channel Monday to Thursday at the following times (all GMT): 0430, 0930, 1430, 1830 , 2130 and 2330 (please note regional times may vary).

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