WORDS OF WISDOM: VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
The iconic - and iconoclastic - designer has plenty of important things to say (a lot of them being reasons why you shouldn't buy her clothes).
"The age in which we live, this non-stop distraction, is making it more impossible for the young generation to ever have curiosity or discipline... Because you need to be alone to find out anything."
"The sexiest people are thinkers. Nobody's interested in somebody who's just vain with a hole in their head, talking about the latest thing - there is no latest thing. It's all rubbish."
"To me, reading a fashion magazine is the last thing I need to do. I've got books I need to read."
"You've got to invest in the world, you've got to read, you've got to go to art galleries, you've got to find out the names of plants. You've got to start to love the world and know about the whole genius of the human race. We're amazing people."
"More people should read books. It's the most concentrated experience you can have."
"I think if you really like something, then you should try to buy it. And if you can’t afford it, don’t get something that is half the price but that you don’t really like. Don’t do that.”
"I just think people should invest in the world. Don't invest in fashion, but invest in the world."
“I’ve lived all my life as if I’m young.”
“You have to make people feel great before you get change.”
"Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody's buying far too many clothes."
“We all love art and some of you claim to be artists. Without judges there is no art. She only exists when we know her. Does she exist? The answer to this question is of vital importance because if Art is alive the world will change. No art, no progress."
"I taught fashion, and I started off getting students to copy things…That's the only way you learn. A young person has experience up to a point, and they can do something and it might be very good, but you can't do something for very long if you don't have the ideas coming, you know? It doesn't come just from you. You have to get it from somewhere."
"You have a more interesting life if you wear impressive clothes."
'It's really important to support things these days. Support anything. Because everything's connected, everything's mixed up, everything's a mess. And we have to save the world.'