Vivienne Westwood is an eccentric British born and bred fashion designer who has been creating outlandish fashion collections for both men and women for many years. Westwood was born in the Derbyshire village of Tintwistle which is located in the centre of England known as the East Midlands. Christened Vivienne Isabel Swire she was the daughter of a green grocer. The family resided in Derby until Vivienne was 17 when they re-located to Harrow, North London.
She decided to study art and fashion at the local college and whilst at college she started to experiment with jewellery, and eventually created her own custom-made pieces that she would take down to London's famous Portobello market on Saturday's to sell on a stall. By 1962 she was just 21 and married Derek Westwood, and the following year she gave birth to her first child Ben. Westwood was so comfortable at designing clothes at this stage that she made her own dress for the wedding ceremony.
It was the 1970's however that was to have the biggest impact on her life and meeting Malcolm McLaren in particular. McLaren was the founder of the "Punk" movement of fashion and music in the UK that had a strong anti-establishment message. He managed the rock group The Sex Pistols and also had a clothing shop on The Kings road in Chelsea. Vivienne started to produce clothing for the shop that was to prove highly popular and led to her designing clothes full-time, the shop is still in her ownership and is home to her Anglomania label.