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British designer Vivienne Westwood passes away at 81

Vivienne Westwood, the legendary British fashion designer, has passed away at the age of 81

Vivienne Westwood, the legendary British fashion designer, has passed away at the age of 81.

Westwood’s company has confirmed that she passed away on Thursday in Clapham, South London.

According to a tweet posted by the official company account, “Vivienne Westwood died today, peacefully and surrounded by her family… the world needs people like Vivienne to make a change for the better.”

Westwood was born on April 8, 1941, and received the title of “dame” from the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Punk rock pioneers the Sex Pistols helped bring Westwood’s designs to the forefront throughout the 1970s in England. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute even went so far as to dub Westwood the “Mother of Punk” for her influence on the genre.

According to Vogue, Westwood’s reputation as a fashion designer in the 1990s was built on her use of ornate, opulent 18th-century European details in her designs. One of Westwood’s most famous works, the “Sex and the City” wedding dress, features many elaborate details. Sarah Jessica Parker wore the gold and ivory multi-layered bridal gown when her character, Carrie Bradshaw, was abandoned at the altar in the 2008 film.

According to Harper’s Bazaar, the outfit was so popular that British fashion house Westwood developed a line of clothing and accessories based on it to celebrate the film’s tenth anniversary.

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