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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Vivienne Westwood: Fashion, Perversity, and the Sixties Laid Bare
  • Fred Vermorel
  • English
  • 13 April 2017
  • 0879516917

10 thoughts on “Vivienne Westwood: Fashion, Perversity, and the Sixties Laid Bare

  1. says:

    I borrowed this book from the owner of a local friperie second hand store called Wa ou The owner s name is Celine, and she has a raucous personality and an awesome inability to keep her life out of her stories She s brash and crackle snap smart a no bullshit store owner who will tell you a flat out that the dress is too big or too tight, and who will sometimes wear a sombrero and moustache to work because she can She warned me that, potentially, only the first part of Fashion and Perversi I borrowed this book from the owner of a local friperie second hand store called Wa ou The owner s name is Celine, and she has a raucous personality and an awesome inability to keep her life out of her stories She s brash and crackle snap smart a no bullshit store owner who will tell you a flat out that the dress is too big or too tight, and who will sometimes wear a sombrero and moustache to work because she can She warned me that, potentially, only the first part of Fashion and Perversity was good, and so I d like to forewarn you that I may be biased by Celine s enthusiasms, not to mention her dark underlining.In the first section of Fashion and Perversity the author, Fred Verl, literally assumes Vivenne Westwood s voice He puts on a big I hat and parades around, airing all Ms Westwood s laundry, while laying bare her naive submission to and the cruelties of her husband, Malcolm McLaren Masquerading as someone who is still alive in order to tell your version of their life story is a scandalous and tawdry thing to do but, in this case, it works If you don t feel like reading much, you can indeed skip the rest Still, in some sense the book does get even ballsier in the sections where, speaking in his own voice, Verl theory ravages his own scene, basically, and then gives you bits of his own teenage boy diary to triangulate the theory I think the entire thing might be a smart twisting of situationist tactics.Situationism is the movement theory millenarian mentality that much of the book describes Situationism inspired many passionate art makers in the sixties, and many senseless acts of violence It was about creating disruptive contexts like Westwood and McLaren s famous SEX boutique to jar the masses out of complacency and to bring about something else Taking the parts of this book together, Verl seems to suggest, like so many postmodern theorists before him, that situationism was mostly just a rhetorical loop, justifying semirational destruction but offering nothing in exchange.Beyond this important but familiar argument, I think there s something else smaller butinteresting going on The whole book might bea pointed attack on an ego, motivated by a desire to tell the truth and show that Vivienne Westwood was always working in a subtler way, aintelligent way aimportant way than her loudly vaunted and berated husband, McLaren, who supposedly created punk, was apparently an utter bastard In this book he is accused of leaving his grandmother to die of starvation, and refusing to buy his little son shoes, while attempting to demolish Westwood s career as a designer For what it s worth, he is even diagnosed by the author with Tourette s.Verl takes time to explain that Westwood worked hard, over decades, to draw fashion history into her own performance of situationism Not only was Westwood pillaging ideas and ideals from centuries before to reinvent tailoring techniques and before to reinvent tailoring techniques and to deliberately echo scandalizing shapes and lines from other times, she also made clothes that would intentionally slip and fold and fall The garment would gape and precipitate a set of gestures that were all part of the clothing coming alive, all part of the intangible, but carefully calculated and playfully political, dimensions of her designs.The thing about this book is that you know it s just a certain kind of true It is incomplete, but still a completely valid perspective on events And it s utterly entertaining Seconds after being pomous and ironically self deprecating, Verl deliberately inserts graphic but utterly unsexy bits of sex This is odd, art school sociology, and thought it has its niaiseries problems, sillinesses it is also utterly dear and rereadable Both Verl and the version of Westwood he adopts seem, though defiant, to quietly ache for you to understand they were cruel as much as they were coy stupid kids as much as they were wise publicists and revolutionaries theoreticians as much as they were joking Fashion and Perversity A Life of Vivienne Westwood and the Sixties Laid Bare is a pretty good title, now that I think about it It is just one life that Fred Verl unfolds for us one among the many life stories that could get wrapped around Westwood, or the rest of us for that matter.Celine says the first section of the book, where the author writes in Westwood s voice, always gives her courage She seems to have appreciated most of those sections were Verl as Westwood splashes out matter of fact relationship drama the likes of which only a Westwood or Celine strength character could survive The fact that this book gives courage is pretty much the highest praise a book can get, I think So screw scandal and propriety, embrace this brave book and, while you re at it, begin taking notes for future books on your famous friends This performative, subjective, autobiographical style has, I declare, a bright future ahead reviewed by Risa Dickens


  2. says:

    Illuminating even though the author admits it s a somewhat fictionalized biography based on conversations he had with Westwood over many years of acquaintance It paints Malcolm McLaren in a fairly poor light staggeringly arrogant and cruel in his use of talented people for his own ends , but does describe his influence on Westwood s early designs and entry into the fashion world.Worth reading simply because I know of no other books on Westwood that focus on the woman rather than the designs, o Illuminating even though the author admits it s a somewhat fictionalized biography based on conversations he had with Westwood over many years of acquaintance It paints Malcolm McLaren in a fairly poor light staggeringly arrogant and cruel in his use of talented people for his own ends , but does describe his influence on Westwood s early designs and entry into the fashion world.Worth reading simply because I know of no other books on Westwood that focus on the woman rather than the designs, or books on the early years of Sex and UK punk fashion that don t focus on McLaren and the Sex Pistols


  3. says:

    I was on a roll reading a ton of biographies this spring summer This book was good, when it was talking about Vivienne But in my opinion, it spent FAR too much time on Malcolm McLaren If I wanted to read about him, I would have checked out his biography.


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Vivienne Westwood: Fashion, Perversity, and the Sixties Laid BareVivienne Westwood Was Born The Queen Of Punk Rock Her Fashions First Scandalized And Then Fascinated The World Today, She Is Rated As One Of The World S Most Influential Fashion Designers She Has Never Lost Her Power To Shock From Her Models Parading Bare Breasted Down Paris Catwalks To Her Notorious Look No Knickers Pose Inside The Gates Of Buckingham Palace, Her Characteristically Anarchic Outrageousness Is One Of The Reasons She Is Probably The Most Talked About Designer On Both Sides Of The Atlantic But Little Is Known About This Essentially Private Woman Who Conceals Herself Behind Enigmatic And Aloof Remarks


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