Film Screening: Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist – 18 November, 6.30 p.m.

In collaboration with New Wave Exchange, Metropolis is thrilled to present a night dedicated to Punk Fashion.

Before the screening, stylist Alana Paradise will conduct a conversation on punk aesthetic and will showcase a fashion exhibition.

The Movie: Westwood came to public notice when she made clothes for Malcolm McLaren‘s boutique in the King’s Road, which became known as SEX. Their ability to synthesise clothing and music shaped the 1970s UK punk scene which was dominated by McLaren’s band, the Sex Pistols. She viewed punk as a way of “seeing if one could put a spoke in the system”.[2]

Westwood opened four shops in London and eventually expanded throughout the United Kingdom and the world, selling an increasingly varied range of merchandise, some of which promoted her many political causes such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, climate change and civil rights groups

The film blends archive, beautifully crafted reconstruction, and insightful interviews with Vivienne’s fascinating network of collaborators, guiding us on her journey from a childhood in postwar Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan. This is an intimate and poignant homage to one of the true cultural icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand’s integrity, her principles and her legacy in a business driven by consumerism, profit and global expansion.

Tickets limited (£5 each)

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