Celebrities react to death of Vivienne Westwood at 81: ‘Queen of British fashion’

Vivienne Westwood died on Thursday aged 81 – and social media was flooded with emotional tributes from celebrities mourning the beloved fashion designer.

“RIP to the great and inspiring Vivienne Westwood who guided us through punk and beyond. Mocked by the fashion industry, but without a doubt, she is the undisputed queen of British fashion,” Boy George tweeted alongside a selfie with Westwood.

“I love you!” he added. “Oh bondage yours!”

Rocker Billy Idol was particularly shocked by Westwood’s death. “RIP, it’s going to take me a while to figure this out…” the 67-year-old musician wrote in a tweet.

Spice Girls singer and fellow fashion designer Victoria Beckham shared her condolences in a touching Instagram Story post.

Stars have paid tribute to Vivienne Westwood following the legendary fashion designer’s death on Thursday aged 81.
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“So sad to hear of the passing of legendary designer and activist Dame Vivienne Westwood,” Beckham, 48, wrote. “My thoughts are with his family at this incredibly sad time. VB.”

Kim Cattrall was also devastated by Westwood’s death. The 66-year-old ‘Sex and the City’ star shared her fondest memories of the “awesome” designer, known in the fashion community as the “priestess of punk.”

“A true genius who never lost her sense of the North,” Cattrall captioned an Instagram photo of her kissing Westwood.

Westwood was revered by the fashion community as the “priestess of punk” for her pioneering designs.

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Westwood was revered by the fashion community as the “priestess of punk” for her pioneering designs.


She then shared a short anecdote, explaining that Westwood pulled it off when a slew of outfits didn’t work on a European press tour years ago.

“I was at my wit’s end until a mutual friend immediately took me to see the @viviennewestwood workshop and Vivienne made me a new dress in 3 days and 2 more on the side for each of the upcoming openings “, she writes.

“I have never forgotten his generosity and kindness in making it happen and saving the day.”

Meanwhile, Rose McGowan – who once walked in a Westwood fashion show – tweeted that she was “deeply saddened by the passing of a true punk”. The “Charmed” alum, 49, also described Westwood as “hell” and applauded his “talent”.

Jamie Lee Curtis echoed McGowan’s sentiments in a lengthy Instagram caption.

“Westwood is dead. She was a brilliant, daring, impetuous, unique designer. She influenced SO much and gave them permission to be themselves and beyond themselves,” the “Halloween” actress wrote.

“My longtime hairstylist and friend @seanjameshair has been a lifelong enthusiast and brand ambassador. She has tattoos all over him and was his muse. What a creative legacy she will always be. @Vivienne Westwood.”

Fashion journalist Derek Blasberg detailed the “last time” he saw Westwood, highlighting her pioneering work, brilliant mind and persistent activism.

“She will be remembered in style books for introducing London’s counter-culture scene to high fashion, but I think she would most like to be remembered for her advocacy, in particular global warming”, he wrote in part.

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“She will be remembered in style books for introducing London’s counterculture scene to high fashion,” journalist Derek Blasberg wrote of Westwood.
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“Last time I saw her, in 2020, she was (and this is no joke) dressed as a yellow canary and swinging inside a giant birdcage parked outside of London’s criminal courthouse, Old Bailey,” Blasberg, 40, continued.

“Her life has been aggressive, relentless and fabulous. Total originality. And she will be missed.

Fashion designer Kenneth Cole paid his respects in directly quoting Westwood via Twitter, “Fashion makes life better and I think it’s a beautiful and generous thing to do for others.”

Westwood eponymous fashion house tweeted that she died “peacefully and surrounded by her family, in Clapham, south London”.

The brand also shared the sad news on Instagram, writing, “Vivienne continued to do the things she loved, until the last moment, designing, working on her art, writing her book and changing the world for the better.

“She led an incredible life. Its innovation and impact over the past 60 years has been immense and will continue into the future.


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