Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age. Fashion designer, activist, cocreator of punk, global brand, and grandmother--a true living legend. Her career has successfully spanned five decades, and her work has influenced millions of people across the world.
For the first and only time, Vivienne Westwood has written a personal memoir, collaborating with award-winning biographer Ian Kelly, to describe the events, people, and ideas that have shaped her extraordinary life. Told in all its glamour and glory, and with her unique voice, unexpected perspective, and passionate honesty, this is her story.
©2014 Vivienne Westwood Limited and Ian Kelly (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
"Kelly, a deft biographer, has already written studies of Beau Brummell and Casanova; he is thus a perfect match for the Enlightenment figure Vivienne Westwood aspires to be. The book is billed "as told to", but one gets the impression it was one long rant, careering off on an uproarious picaresque romp through Westwood's wild life." (Paperback Review, The Daily Telegraph)
The narrator was so good, often I thought I was listening to Vivienne Westwood speaking.
Vivienne's tales of hard graft, fashion and revolution is utterly compelling.
Yep. I didn't listen to the radio for a week. At the very least this is a really interesting tale, with shocks and laughs aplenty. I also found the messages in the story to be invigorating and an invitation to value my own brain and feed it with better quality information and ideas.
The only obvious down side is in an audio version there are no pictures, but the descriptions of her buffalo phase and pirates collection are quite visual anyway.
It's ace. Go for it.
Dame Viv has had a fascinating life, of that there is no doubt. Sadly I found the storyline to be very tedious, my main gripe were the direct quotes from Vivienne. It felt like she was constantly downplaying her own role in the movements and moments that she'd quite clearly been pivotal in. Very much a "I just happened to be there" or "it was all down to so and so" vibe, which started to grate on me personally. I would say that the narrator was brilliant when quoting Vivienne directly, great accent. But by the final chapters I'd lost interest and actually didn't finish the book.
Avid reader, fashionista and runner
It was ok, but I would probably not be top of my recommendations list
It gives an insight into the colourful life of a talented designer and if you are interested in fashion, then this is worth giving a go. However, as with many autobiographies, it only provides the views of its subject. Vivienne Westwood is a very headstrong woman who is so convinced that her views are the only valid one, that is can put you off.
Paula Wilcox does a good job but as the narration switches between Westwood talking about herself in the first person and Ian Kelly talking about her in the third person, I think it would have been better served with two different narrators.
It's well narrated but the content can sometimes be quite annoying.
UK blogger exploring design #madetolast.
Fascinating book about a fascinating woman. I thought I knew Vivienne Westwood's work but this surprised me in so many ways.
Local Government Officer, listens to audiobooks whilst commuting, loves Biographies of quintessentially English eccentrics.
Interesting cultural references. Sickening and unbalanced praise. The woman has talent. Her self importance shines through like a beacon and I ended the book disliking her. Sections were skimmed over or whitewashed. Disappointing all round.
Inspirational, Talented, Genuine
How Much she had achieved from nothing
all very good
made me laugh
defiantly worth a read, well a listen
"Inspiring Story of a Strong woman"
Fabulous true life story of the work it takes to fulfill one's promise and following one's passion. Save the Rain Forrest!
This book shows you the life and struggles she went through and makes me understand her so much better as a designer!!
"Mother of Punk"
If fashion and fashion histories appeal to you and if the history of Punk appeals to you, you'll get a kick out of this. I have learned so much I didn't know. The reading is very well done although at times confusing when you can't tell if she's quoting Vivienne or someone else.
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