Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

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Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist takes a thoroughly entertaining -- albeit necessarily incomplete -- look at the life and career of a British fashion pioneer.



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Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British fashion for over 40 years, and is responsible for creating many of the most distinctive looks of our time. The film blends archive, beautifully crafted reconstruction, and insightful interviews with Vivienne's fascinating network of collaborators, guiding us on her journey from a childhood in postwar Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan. This is an intimate and poignant homage to one of the true cultural icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand's integrity, her principles and her legacy in a business driven by consumerism, profit and global expansion.

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  • Lorna Tucker's documentary portrait focuses equally on what happened afterwards, painting its subject as a committed activist, an artist with no time for convention or false modesty, and a personality worth spending time with.

    Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The film is a fair and, I think, a well-meaning attempt to cover her life in all its dizzying variety - hence the scattiness.

    Oct 16, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Westwood's loyalties feel torn and the fashion house is plunged into drama. It makes this the perfect film to double bill 'Phantom Thread' with.

    Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
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  • The best anecdote is saved for the closing credits, for some reason.

    Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "Westwood" is definitely better than mediocre, though you wish there were a bit more to it.

    Jul 11, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • She's a bit of a prickly pear but Tucker captures the essential Westwood: down to earth, resourceful and likeable.

    Jun 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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