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Fashion designers in honours list
Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood wore no underwear when awarded her OBE
British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has been made a Dame in the New Year Honours for her contributions to the industry.

Dame Vivienne, 64, was part of the early punk movement and famously began her career by opening a shop, Sex, with Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren.

Her audacious attitude has never waned and while receiving an OBE in 1992 she revealed she was not wearing underwear.

Meanwhile, Savile Row designer, Ozwald Boateng, has been appointed an OBE.

'Change of cufflinks'

Despite the fashion duo's differing styles, they have both been recognised for their respective contributions to the British fashion industry.

After the tartan, chains and studs of punk, Dame Vivienne pioneered the "pirate" and "new romantic" looks of the early 1980s, gaining her further international recognition.

Ozwald Boateng
Ozwald Boateng is world famous for his "bespoke couture"

Her partnership with McLaren ended at about the same time but her eccentric style has continued with collections based on corsets, tartan and tweed.

Born in Derbyshire as Vivienne Swire, she won British Designer of the Year in 1990 and 1991.

In contrast to Dame Vivienne's anarchic style, Mr Boateng coined the term "bespoke couture" to describe his collections, after shunning the terms "designer" and "tailor".

Boateng, 38, has been recognised by the fashion industry on several occasions, winning Best Menswear Designer at the British Fashion Awards in 2000.

He has enlivened the world of Savile Row, once saying: "A change of cufflinks can be used to easily change your look and say something different about your personality."




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