British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has died at the age of 81. She died surrounded by her family in her London home. The Independent reports it.
“Vivien continued to do what she loved until the last moment: design, creativity, writing a book and changing the world for the better. She led an amazing life,” the design team said in a statement on social media.
The death of the fashion designer was confirmed by her husband and creative partner, Andreas Kronthaler. “I will continue to live with Vivien in my heart,” she said. “We worked with her until the end and she gave me many reasons to continue our work. Thanks sweetie”.
Westwood rose to fame in the 1970s when he made punk fashionable. He later opened a boutique on the King’s Road in London with Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren. She is also known for her support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and her campaign on pollution and climate change.
In 2015, Westwood dressed as Margaret Thatcher and drove a white tank past former Prime Minister David Cameron’s home to protest shale gas near Balcombe. Once again, the designer showed her rebellious character in 1992, when she received the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II.