Vivienne Westwood explores her life in culture

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Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 16:07

From her role as a pioneer of punk, to driving a tank through the constituency of then Prime Minister, David Cameron, it’s safe to say that Vivienne Westwood has rarely shied away from showing her cards. 

In 2014, the iconic fashion designer and activist spoke at our Women of the World festival, joining the then Liberty director Shami Chakrabati on stage for an eclectic discussion (below) befitting of her anarchic roots.

Vivienne Westwood in conversation with Shami Chakrabarti by southbankcentre

Culture is an evolution of human beings becoming even more and more wonderful than they are. It’s an intellectual evolution of the human race.
Vivienne Westwood

Now, three years on, Westwood is returning to Southbank Centre with Get a LIfe, drawing on her own diaries, which she began as a series of online posts in 2010. This keynote talk delves into Westwood’s love of great literature, and explores her life involvement in culture, and commitment to arts, politics and the environment.

My maxim is buy less, choose well, make it last. All this consumption is superficial, and it’s not a real choice.
Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood: Get a Life takes place in the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 24 September.

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