Westwood is the first film to encompass the remarkable story of Vivienne’s life, her fashion, her activism and her cultural importance. Filmmaker Lorna Tucker has exclusive, unprecedented access, following Vivienne throughout 2014 as she juggles the seemingly contradictory roles of world-renowned fashion designer, and impassioned, outspoken (often eccentric) environmental activist.
Filmmakers: Lorna Tucker
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. Yet at 73 Vivienne feels compelled to use her position in the limelight to address our current climate crisis, rather than focusing on designing and selling her clothes.
The film follows the Gold Label SS15 couture show through from conception to exhibition, seeing the unswerving passion and meticulous attention to detail that makes each collection a labour of love for Vivienne and her team. We also shadow Vivienne as she campaigns on behalf of her environmental and human rights charity ‘Climate Revolution’: scaling glaciers in the Arctic, addressing crowds at UK music festivals, and waving banners at rallies and protests across the country.
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
Lorna cut her teeth as a producer/director creating a series of stunning shorts and fashion films for the likes of McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Nike, as well as shooting several music videos. For the last 4 years she has been filming and editing the feature documentary AMA’, examining and investigating the fallout from the 1960‘s war on population that left over 260,000 women forcibly sterilised in America. .