Vivienne Westwood

  • by Vivienne Westwood, Ian Kelly
  • Narrated by Paula Wilcox
  • 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Compelling and inspiring

Would you consider the audio edition of Vivienne Westwood to be better than the print version?

The narrator was so good, often I thought I was listening to Vivienne Westwood speaking.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vivienne's tales of hard graft, fashion and revolution is utterly compelling.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

It's ace. Go for it.

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- Miss E J Bertenshaw


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.
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- Miss

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-10-2014
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.