Vivienne Westwood, one of the most famed British fashion designers passed away aged 81. The news of her demise was confirmed by the fashion house in an official statement on Twitter. The designer reportedly passed away “peacefully and surrounded” by her family members in South London. Her husband and creative partner Andreas Kronthaler also confirmed the same and said, “I will continue with Vivienne in my heart.”
The official announcement
The announcement of Vivienne’s death was shared with one of her most famous quotes known to everyone in the fashion industry which read, “There was never more need for the Tao today. Tao gives you a feeling that you belong to the cosmos and gives purpose to your life; it gives you such a sense of identity and strength to know you’re living the life you can live and therefore ought to be living: make full use of your character and full use of your life on earth.”
29th December 2022.
Vivienne Westwood died today, peacefully and surrounded by her family, in Clapham, South London.
The world needs people like Vivienne to make a change for the better. pic.twitter.com/YQwVixYUrV
— Vivienne Westwood (@FollowWestwood) December 29, 2022
The world pays tribute to Vivienne
The news of the designer’s death came as a shock to the fashion and entertainment world. Over the past years, the late Westwood worked with several celebrities and models from Tinseltown. Among the first ones to express grief over the passing of the fashion icon was Victoria Beckham. The Fashion designer who is also a Spice Girls member said, “I’m so sad to learn of the passing of legendary designer and activist Dame Vivienne Westwood. My thoughts are with her family at this incredibly sad time.”
Sex and the City fame Kim Cattrall reacted to the tragic news of Westwood passing away and said, “A true genius who never lost her northern grit.” She further recalled an incident related to the late designer and added, “Vivienne made me a new dress in 3 days and 2 others beside for each of the upcoming openings. I’ve never forgotten her generosity and kindness in making that happen and saving the day. RIP Vivienne. You are a legend. Kx.”
Supermodel Hailey Bieber also took to Instagram and paid tribute to Westwood by saying, “Rest in peace to the iconic legend that is Vivienne Westwood. Thank you for your creations and beautiful vision.” On the other hand, actress Jamie Lee Curtis wrote, “Westwood has died. She was a brilliant creator, bold, brash, unique. She influenced SO MANY and gave them the permission to be themselves and beyond themselves. My longtime hairdresser and friend @seanjameshair has been a devotee and brand ambassador forever. She is tattooed all over him and was his muse. What a legacy of creativity she will always be.”