A great name in the world passed away on December 29 at the age of 81. Vivienne Westwood, born Vivienne Isabel Swire, was born on April 8, 1941 in Tintwistle, England. The eldest of a family of three children, she left home to study fashion at the Harrow School of Art in London.

However, it is towards teaching that the Briton is destined for her debut in working life, in a primary school. Before meeting her first husband Derek Westwood in 1959, a nightclub owner whom she married three years later. From their union will be born their son Benjamin, but the couple divorced in 1966. If she keeps only her married name for her career, the young woman finds love with Malcolm McLaren, the father of her second son Joseph. A decisive encounter that marked a turning point in his life.

In 1971, Vivienne Westwood gave up her job as a teacher to devote herself to her passion for fashion. Renowned for her punk and atypical style, the fashionista moved with her husband to 430 Kings Road, the location of their first store in London. She unveiled her first creations and enjoyed dazzling popularity on the rock and urban scene. Dressing stars like the Sex Pistol, a music group managed by his companion at the time.

In the world of fashion, Vivienne Westwood opened her first boutiques and made a name for herself in Fashion Week shows around the world. The businesswoman has also been honored as British designer of the year three times (1990, 1991 and 2006). A fashion icon also committed to the animal cause and ecology in recent years, who knows how to talk about her at each of her public appearances with her extravagant outfits. Planet reveals its physical evolution in pictures in the slideshow above.