|Bondage Pants 1977|
Malcolm Mclaren was a major force behind the punk sound that emerged from London in the mid 1970's . While it can be disputed whether or not it was Mclaren who came up with the concept for his proteges' band, the Sex Pistols or if it was the band members themselves, i.e., Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious, no one can dispute that it was his wife Vivienne Westwood who actually created and sewed the looks that the band wore. By studying the fashions of Londons' seedier occupants like bikers and sex workers,Westwood and her husband McClaren conceptualized the new deconstructionist fashion phenomenon known as the "punk look".
|Sex Pistols 1977|
Not only did Ms. Westwood create " the punk look" but she went on to design the "New Romantic" pirate look that came after and was worn by the likes of Adam Ant . She also outfitted clothing for the pop fashion icon Boy George. Vivienne Westwood is still designing today although her clientele is a lot more affluent these days.
I'm sure Ms. Westwood would agree that is all the more reason for we sewers to be"sewing evangelists!"
Christopher Breward,The Culture of Fashion(Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995)
The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2011