Quote of Note | Vivienne Westwood

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By Stephanie Murg Comment


A gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” exhibition is inspired by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood and their Seditionaries boutique at 430 King’s Road in London. (Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art)

“I was about 36 when punk happened and I was upset about what was going on in the world. It was the hippies who taught my generation about politics, and that’s what I cared about–the world being so corrupt and mismanaged, people suffering, wars, all these terrible things–while Malcolm [McLaren] hated the older generation as a result of his background; he hated any authority. Malcolm was a great talent, but he was not true to himself or to his talent because he was not really interested in trying to understand the world. Therefore he didn’t learn, and I lost interest in his ideas. And I blamed the older generation for what was going on too, so we wouldn’t even accept their taboos. That’s how the swastika symbols came to be used in punk.”

-Fashion designer Vivenne Westwood in Harper’s Bazaar

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