50 Magnificent Vivienne Westwood Quotes

Vivienne Westwood is a British fashion designer and businesswoman. She is largely credited with bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream. Here is a look at some of the most magnificent Vivienne Westwood quotes to know.

“Art should never be sociological; it has got to be timeless. It’s got to be your vision and how you can represent the world you see.”

“At one time, I was very angry. I even treated fashion like a kind of crusade: you were either with us or against us, that kind of feeling. Now I know we need ideas, not kicking down a door.”

“But, having a perfume and license, in general, is a financial necessity. A designer must, to reap back the money spent on prototypes and all that sort of thing.”

“Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody’s buying far too many clothes.”

“Every time I hear that word, I cringe. Fun! I think it’s disgusting; it’s just running around. It’s not my idea of pleasure.”

“Fashion has become so whatever. I don’t think there are any stones left to unturn.”


“Fashion is life-enhancing and I think it’s a lovely, generous thing to do for other people.”

“Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.”

“Fashion is about eventually becoming naked.”

“Feminists wish women to seem like men. They’re not men.”

“I am attracted to people who make this effort in knowing what suits them – they are individual and stylish.”

“I design things to help people to hopefully express their personality.”

“I didn’t know how a working-class girl like me could possibly make a living in the art world.”

“I disagree with everything I used to say.”

“I do have reasons for what I do. I am a very political person, and I really think if you put these clothes on, you will look like a force to be reckoned with.”

“I don’t have space to enter into the examples or the history of this, so I’m left with having to make the bold statement that culture is extinct.”

“I don’t think punk fashion is a specter or overemphasized – it made a big impression, as there had never been anything like it before.”

“I just use fashion as an excuse to talk about politics. Because I’m a fashion designer, it gives me a voice, which is really good.”

“I like to literally put women on a pedestal.”

“I never look at fashion magazines. I find them incredibly boring.”

“I really don’t like women who try to be men. All these politicians, I think they’re horrendous. We could have a brilliant future, but we have this terrible male vision of destroying everything.”

“I think dress, hairstyle and make-up are the crucial factors in projecting an attractive persona and give one the chance to enhance one’s best physical features.”

“I think feminists are unaware of the tremendous extent of the role of women in history.”

“I think that feminists have definitely underestimated the role that women have had historically. I think I would be insecure if I were to be a man; there’s so much pressure on you.”

“I’m not terribly interested in beauty. What touches me is someone who understands herself.”

“If you see everything from the point of view of women being victims in some way, you don’t see the wood for the trees. It is better to be a person than a woman.”

“If you wear clothes that don’t suit you, you’re a fashion victim. You have to wear clothes that make you look better.”

“If you’re too big to fit into fashion, then you just have to do your own fashion.”

“I’m not trying to do something different, I’m trying to do the same thing but in a different way.”

“Intelligence is composed mostly of imagination, insight, things that have nothing to do with reason.”

“It is all about technique. The great mistake of this century is to put inspiration and creativity first.”

“It’s a philosophy of life. A practice. If you do this, something will change, what will change is that you will change, your life will change, and if you can change you, you can perhaps change the world.”

“My children came out as individuals in their own right. They were not my products. They had their own characters and were very strong-minded. I gave them a lot of freedom when they were still very young.”

“My clothes have a story. They have an identity. They have a character and a purpose. That’s why they become classics. Because they keep on telling a story. They are still telling it.”

“Our economic system, run for profit and waste and based primarily on the extractive industries, is the cause of climate change. We have wasted the earth’s treasure and we can no longer exploit it cheaply.”

“People have never looked so ugly as they do today. We just consume far too much.”

“Sometimes you need to transport your idea to an empty landscape and then populate it with fantastic looking people.”

“The fight is no longer between the classes or between rich and poor but between the idiots and the eco-conscious.”

“The most erotic zone is the imagination.”

“The only possible effect one can have on the world is through unpopular ideas.”

“The only reason I’m in fashion is to destroy the word conformity.”

“The sexiest people are thinkers. Nobody’s interested in somebody who’s just vain with a hole in their head, talking about the latest thing – there is no latest thing. It’s all rubbish.”

“The young need discipline and a full bookcase.”

“There is so much that people take for granted.”

“We are so conformist; nobody is thinking. We are all sucking up stuff; we have been trained to be consumers, and we are all consuming far too much.”

“When I’m in the street, the only people I notice are usually at least 70 years old, because they look really stylish.”

“When we started to do punk, we put all of these things together to create the look of an urban guerrilla – a rebel.”

“Why do people think that if you don’t dress up, others will appreciate your beauty more – that style will somehow emanate from you? It’s rubbish. If you dress up it helps your personality to emerge – if you choose well.”

“You have a more interesting life if you wear impressive clothes.”

“You’ve got to invest in the world, you’ve got to read, you’ve got to go to art galleries, you’ve got to find out the names of plants.”

As one of Britain’s best loved fashion designer’s, Vivienne Westwood brought punk to the world over the course of five decades. Here is a unique interview with Vivienne Westwood as she discusses her career and professional achievements.