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Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist takes a thoroughly entertaining -- albeit necessarily incomplete -- look at the life and career of a British fashion pioneer.

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Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British fashion for over 40 years, and is responsible for creating many of the most distinctive looks of our time. The film blends archive, beautifully crafted reconstruction, and insightful interviews with Vivienne's fascinating network of collaborators, guiding us on her journey from a childhood in postwar Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan. This is an intimate and poignant homage to one of the true cultural icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand's integrity, her principles and her legacy in a business driven by consumerism, profit and global expansion.

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Dame Vivienne has faced the world in a spectacular way and gives those who wear and those who see her clothes the opportunity to think about who we are and what messages we want to send.

October 12, 2021 | Full Review…

Westwood's more recent collections are amply displayed, and her style hasn't changed much in 40 years; aside from a few smart suits, most of her outfits are loud, vainglorious political statements.

March 4, 2020 | Full Review…

Fashion, for all its seeming frivolity, is a grimly serious business. [Vivienne] Westwood showed an endearing grace, sowing the seeds of future national treasure status.

October 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Lorna Tucker's documentary portrait focuses equally on what happened afterwards, painting its subject as a committed activist, an artist with no time for convention or false modesty, and a personality worth spending time with.

October 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The film is a fair and, I think, a well-meaning attempt to cover her life in all its dizzying variety - hence the scattiness.

October 16, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Westwood's loyalties feel torn and the fashion house is plunged into drama. It makes this the perfect film to double bill 'Phantom Thread' with.

July 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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