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Vivienne Westwood pays homage to Prince Charles for AW15


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Famously non-conformist, anti-capitalist and anti-establishment British fashion designer and style icon, Vivienne Westwood, has cited Prince Charles as the inspiration and dedication for her Autumn/Winter 2015 menswear collection.

Westwood, most notable for her mainstreaming of shock-punk and new wave fashions and culture, her dressing of the Sex Pistols in the 1970s and her fetish and bondage based shop ‘SEX’ with its sexual and social taboo confrontation through the use of fashion, is in stark contrast with her surprising, recently cited figure of inspiration.

However, they do have one big thing in common - environmental activism.

Awarded a damehood in 2006 for ‘services to fashion’, Westwood often uses her fashion designs and clothing collections as a way of social and political expression. Her collaborations with the Environmental Justice Foundation in 2012 and Greenpeace’s Save The Arctic campaign in 2014, as well as simple living and the planned reduction of her business’ expansion and subsequent contribution to mass-production, highlight the strength of the Greenpeace spokeswoman’s political and ethical beliefs.

Similarly, Prince Charles also believes in the need for action against climate change, as he told the members of the European Union Parliament in 2008, a year after he created an anti-climate change business networking initiative, The Prince’s May Day Network, that has the vision of big companies tackling climate change together. Named as one of Time Magazine’s Heroes of The Environment in 2007 for his continuing expansive work in conservationism and organic farming, Westwood pays homage to him in this campaign for "the great job he’s doing."

Westwood pays her fashion tribute to Prince Charles through several bold t-shirts showing the Prince’s face, the most notable of which he is wearing a military style beret in. The A/W 2015 menswear collection also features a lot of tweed, houndstooth prints and tailored suits, the kinds of styles and prints of clothing he is best known for wearing.

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