As our readers know, the runway really gets us excited. But that’s not the only fashion moment that sends our pulse racing into the stratosphere… case & point, a the film “WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST” is set to release on these shores in both New York (on June 8th, 2018) & Los Angeles (on June 15th, 2018), with a national roll-out planned for shortly thereafter. The film, billed as “an intimate and poignant homage to iconic designer Vivienne Westwood,” premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in January to supposed accolades.
Here’s promo statement for the film, as we’ve not been lucky enough to see it yet…
Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner & Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British fashion for over 40 years, creating many of the most distinctive looks of our time. Blending archival footage, beautifully crafted reconstruction, & insightful interviews with Westwood’s network of collaborators, Lorna Tucker’s documentary guides us on her journey from her humble beginnings in postwar Derbyshire to the runways of Paris & Milan. ”WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST” shows how Westwood fights to maintain her brand’s integrity, her principles & her legacy in a business driven by consumerism, profit & global expansion.
Westwood arrived in London in the midst of the swinging sixties becoming one of the architects of the punk fashion phenomenon. Hers & McLaren’s King’s Road boutique “SEX” launched punk & revolutionized pop culture. In 2004, London’s Victoria & Albert museum hosted a Vivienne Westwood retrospective exhibition to celebrate her then 34 years in fashion – the largest exhibition ever devoted to a living British fashion designer. Today, with over 60 retail outlets across the world, Westwood’s company is still privately owned & run by the designer.
Westwood has always used her collections & catwalk shows as a platform to campaign for positive activism. She is a prominent activist raising awareness on a number of human rights & environmental issues such as climate change. Her Ethical Fashion Initiative Bags have been produced since 2010 in collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Initiative of the International Trade Centre – a joint body of the UN & the WTO – which supports the work of thousands of women micro-producers from marginalized African communities. Westwood inaugurated the ‘Climate Revolution’ at the 2012 London Paralympics closing ceremony & continues to rally charities, NGOs & individuals to join forces & take action against disengaged political leaders & big business.
About the director:
“WESTWOOD” marks the directorial debut of Lorna Tucker. Discovered by an agent when she was a homeless 17 year-old, Tucker started out as a model, working in London, Paris & Milan with top photographers from Rankin to Steven Klein, & starring in a Levi’s denim campaign. She went on to direct tour videos & promos for musicians such as Unkle, Lupe Fiasco, The Cult & Queens of The Stone Age, as well as creating experimental video projects for Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Nike & Redbull. Her next film, AMÁ, co-produced by Ged Doherty & Colin Firth, explores the forcible sterilization of Native American women.
As soon as we view the film, we’ll be sure to share our thoughts & of course the timing of the roll-out… we’re on pins & needles for this on (pun intended)!
-R. Scott French
Film website: www.viviennewestwoodfilm.com
Images courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment