Vivienne Westwood Shoes is the first book to look exclusively at Westwood’s shoe designs from her own historic collection – over 130 classics. With specially commissioned colour photography and accompanying detailed captions that describe the history and design of each shoe, this book is essential reading for all lovers of great shoe design and fans of this great British designer. Through Westwood's shoes we are not only able to retrace her own ascent to the olympus of fashion, but at the same time, we are also able to build on the history of fashion design of the last forty years. Today Westwood’s designs continue to combine a fearless unconformity with a sense of tradition, renowned for her gentle parody of Establishment styles and her use of very British fabrics.
Dame Vivienne Westwood is the undisputed Queen of British fashion. Born in Cheshire, England, she is best known as the creator of punk and new wave fashions. In the 1970s she opened the Sex boutique on the King’s Road, London, with Malcolm McLaren. Since then, her design style has been influenced by not only youth and street culture, but also tradition and technique.