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 recent time. Blending archival footage and insightful interviews a portrait emerges of Vivienne's fascinating network of collaborators, taking viewers on her journey -- from a childhood in postwar Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan.

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Shirine Best
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Anna Godas
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Leo Haidar
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Paul Carlin
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  • Westwood's more recent collections are amply displayed, and her style hasn't changed much in 40 years; aside from a few smart suits, most of her outfits are loud, vainglorious political statements.

    March 4, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Fashion, for all its seeming frivolity, is a grimly serious business. [Vivienne] Westwood showed an endearing grace, sowing the seeds of future national treasure status.

    October 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 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.

    October 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.

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

    Anna Smith

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

    July 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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