The biggest names in fashion and entertainment have taken to social media to honor Vivienne Westwood, after the iconic designer passed away yesterday at the age of 81. While her fellow fashion designers have praised the iconoclast's brilliance and impact, supermodels and celebrities alike are sharing stories of the designer's generosity and creativity, along with pics of decades of her groundbreaking designs. Read on to see the emotional tributes.
The supermodel shared several pics from her time working with Westwood, including shots from the designer's Paris Fashion Week show last March.
"From the first day I met you to the last day I saw you, you made me smile , listen, learn and love more than the day before. I will forever be grateful to have been in your orbit , because to me and most , in fashion & in humanity, you, Vivienne, were the sun," Hadid wrote. "To the coolest, most fun, incredible , humble, creative , badass, intelligent, fucking EPIC human being that has walked this earth… my inspiration and idol in all things … rest in love and Rest In Peace…🕊 I will miss you."
The supermodel shared several photos from her years walking in Westwood's shows, along with a heartfelt caption.
"The Original Queen of Fashion, Dame #VivenneWestwood... wife, mother, grandmother and friend...," she wrote. "I remember as I child riding the bus home from school and driving by Kings Road seeing all the punks with their risk taking way of dressing and hair. It was revolutionary, i didn’t know then that I would meet Vivienne Westwood in 86 and not only get to work with her but be able to call her a friend."
"Your Strength was admirable in a business dominated by men. You were a force of nature, that would always encourage me to push forward and not give up on things I was passionate about outside of modeling," she continued. "Your honesty was to be valued whether we liked to hear it or not, you spoke your truth, real and authentic.... YOUR LEGACY IS JUST BEGINNING, and it will be etched in stone for forever, as your contribution to our industry is immeasurable. They could not make enough awards for what you truly deserved. To be be able to visit with you recently I feel blessed and will carry that memory in my heart always."
The supermodel shared several pics of her appearances in the designer's shows.
"Somehow I imagined Vivienne living way into her 100s," she wrote. "She still had so many urgent matters to shed light on, so many causes to support, still so many injustices to be outspoken about …and so many more magical outfits to create. ⭐️ This talented and brilliant lady was so unique and so punk in all the way punk should be. She did it her way, all the way. I will always be grateful for having been in her inspiring company ♥️ Rest in glorious power @viviennewestwood."
Jamie Lee Curtis
The actress shared several posts honoring the designer, including an image of her self-titled memoir. "Westwood has died. She was a brilliant creator, bold, brash, unique," she wrote. "She influenced SO MANY and gave them the permission to be themselves and beyond themselves. My longtime hairdresser and friend @seanjameshair has been a devotee and brand ambassador forever. She is tattooed all over him and was his muse. What a legacy of creativity she will always be."
"Wow. Rest in peace to the iconic legend that is Vivienne Westwood. Thank you for your creations and your beautiful vision," the model wrote on her Instagram Story.
The Sex and the City star called Westwood, "A true genius who never lost her northern grit," before recalling an interaction with the designer.
"Short story - An LA stylist had sent me 3 dresses from various designers for the London/Berlin/NY premiers of a film. The clothes arrived at my London hotel unclean, were unflattering and in need of alteration. I was crest fallen until a mutual friend took me immediately to see @viviennewestwood atelier and Vivienne made me a new dress in 3 days and 2 others beside for each of the upcoming openings. I’ve never forgotten her generosity and kindness in making that happen and saving the day. RIP Vivienne. You are a legend. Kx"
"I always felt like a goddess when wearing art designed by the goddess that is #VivienneWestwood. Heaven just became a bit more snatched and fabulous. Rest in Peace," the Scandal actress wrote.
Tracee Ellis Ross
"OH I LOVED THIS WOMAN" and "I hope to God I mature like this!" the Black-ish actress wrote, while reposting a series of portraits of Westwood to her Instagram Stories.
"I'm so sad to learn of the passing of legendary designer and activist Dame Vivienne Westwood. My thoughts are with her family at this incredibly sad time. VB," the multi-hyphenate wrote on her Instagram Story.
"Fly Vivienne. You're bold and fearless spirit will always challenge our imagination," the Frida actress wrote on her Instagram Story.
"Deeply saddened by a true punk’s passing, Vivienne Westwood, what a hellraiser, what a talent," the actor wrote, sharing a photo of TK.
"Viv! My friend, my idol, my icon," the singer wrote. "There is not enough time or space in this format to appropriately describe the ways you impacted music, fashion, culture, and the like. Your legacy is immortal and eternal. I hope we will all continue to break boundaries and question institutions in your example and memory. I will cherish all of our conversations and teas (and *tea*! you had the best stories). Love always, and long live Queen Viv."
"This is terribly sad news. Rest In Peace Dame Vivienne Westwood," the singer and supermodel wrote. "She was a reckoner who pushed the needle of British Fashion and continued in that fearless original spirit her entire career. She tore apart notions of femininity, sex, and was one of the first to demand that fashion do better in regards to the climate and without a doubt was one of the most effortlessly original people I’ve ever met. Fashion, art, culture will mourn this loss of a gargantuan woman who shaped how we wear and what we wore."
"Vivienne pushed every single boundary and held her head so high," the designer wrote. "She was cheeky, irreverent and had the truest fuck-you vibe I have ever known. I have never ever met anyone else like her. I hope more become like her… More fight like her, More create like her, More celebrate like her. Thank you Dame Vivienne Westwood for all you gave us. You will live on forever. God save Westwood… Punk rock will never die. x Stella."
"Heartbroken. You did it first. Always," the designer wrote. "Incredible style with brilliant and meaningful substance. I continue to learn from your words, and, all of your extraordinary creations. I will always remember the night we bonded over our mutual love for Yves Saint Laurent. You never failed to surprise and to shock. I am grateful for the moments I got to share with you and Andreas. Rest in Peace dear Vivienne, although, somehow peace seems like the wrong word to use."
The designer shared a quote from Westwood, "Fashion is life-enhancing and I think it's a lovely, generous thing to do for other people."
"Goodbye Vivienne Westwood. A ballsy lady who rocked the fashion world and stood defiantly for what was right," the musician wrote.
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