This summer we’re already anticipating fashion documentaries about Alexander McQueen and André Leon Talley, and now we have another to add to the list. But whereas the former come with the approval of their respective subjects or their families, this Lorna Tucker-directed film about the legendary designer Vivienne Westwood—Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist—is not getting any love from Britain’s grande dame of fashion.
Westwood is often credited with igniting the punk movement along with her ex-partner and Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren, a style she meted out at their popular West London store World’s End. In 2004, the Victoria & Albert museum in London showed a retrospective on the designer’s then 34 years in the fashion industry, and Westwood only kept her foot on the gas. Today, the company is still owned and run by Westwood with 60 retail outlets across the world.
In addition to creating clothing that spoke to people, Westwood has always used her collections as a means of activism whether showing support for PETA by starring in a video for them or partnering with the civil rights’ group Liberty in 2005 to create a T-shirt defending habeas corpus. Visually, the film will be a mixture of archival footage, reconstructions and interviews with Westwood’s extensive network of collaborators. Watch this exclusive clip below to get a taste of the world Westwood created and witness the lasting impact it’s had.
WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST WILL DEBUT ON JUNE 8, 2018 IN NEW YORK.