Vivienne Westwood began designing in 1971 and by the end of the decade she was already considered a symbol of the British avant-garde. Vivienne Westwood is one of the last independent global fashion companies in the world. At times thought-provoking, this brand is about more than producing clothes and accessories. Westwood continues to capture the imagination and raise awareness of environmental and human rights issues. With a design record spanning more than 40 years, Vivienne Westwood is now recognised as a global brand and Westwood herself as one of the most influential fashion designers – and activists – in the world today.