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Get a Life: The Diaries of Vivienne Westwood

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Vivienne Westwood began Get A Life, her online diary, in 2010 with an impassioned post about Native American activist Leonard Peltier. Since then, she has written two or three entries each month, discussing her life in fashion and her involvement with art, politics and the environment.

Reading Vivienne's thoughts, in her own words, is as fascinating and provocative as you w

Kindle Edition, 481 pages
Published October 13th 2016 by Serpent's Tail
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Amy Layton
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a woman. In the grand scheme of things, I've only just gotten interested in her fashion line, so when I saw the flyer for her new book, I knew I had to buy it and read it. Every morning, I'd get up with a cup of coffee, and I'd read a year from her life. While it's not a comprehensive biography--we have Ian Kelly to thank for that--it is as close as we can get to the inner workings of her mind. She knows she thinks differently than the status quo, and because of that, she sometimes must exp ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Inspired with McQueen/Galliano biographies... after inhaling with Savile Row, Mayfair and V&A air I was energised to understand fashion world and trend setters more... rushed to bookstore to check whom else I can study... I found her, Vivienne... remarked many times by Lee and John as the the one who introduced punk to fashion in the 70's and 80' pistols era.. that's all I knew about Vivienne... hungry to learn more I planned to dive one era backwards to understand different inspiratio ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first third with her outspoken, eccentric voice and challenging ideas. I found her takes on art and history particularly wonderful. As the book went on I began to tire of her often patronising/egocentric/unbalanced views. A fascinating, amazing force of a woman, but perhaps easiest to appreciate in small doses.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Opinionated. Messy. Charming.
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I liked this but I didn't rate it higher only because I didn't always agree with some of her ideas and sweeping generalisations. There was plenty I did like though! She's such an inspiring lady and is involved in so many amazing things. I loved when she shared her knowledge of art, music and theatre. Those sections were some of the most engaging.
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Stunning production qualities alone make this book very collectable. And then there are the personal colour photographs, fashion, celebrities, musings and reflections; the passion that is Vivienne Westwood.

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Zoe Eileen
Jan 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
This annoyed me on several levels.
Lisa Baudry
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very motivating read, to Vivennes's way of thinking and the time she devotes for environmental causes. 50% Fashion / 50% Environment. Her thinking on culture and the importance of engaging with the world to develop culture (not consumption) was very clear and inspiring. Alerted me to many NGO's I hadn't heard of who are doing fantastic work, especially Cool Earth. What an wonderful creative, passionate and devoted leader for our times.
Marnie Ava
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A fascinating look at a designer's mind, she's an inspiring advocate for all things good in the world and is definitely now one of my role models! Great read.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Her commitment is contagious!
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Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Love this spirited, impassioned woman!
To be so full of energy and life at her age - and to rally against what you believe is detrimental to the future - environmental, creative and judicious...
She lives a busy, busy life - and as she records her daily routine we begin to get to know this woman - in an intimate productive way...
At times there feels like a little too much name-dropping - but this is the circle she moves in....
And as she takes centre stage for one of her heartfelt causes we are tre
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Dame Vivienne Westwood, DBE, RDI(born Vivienne Isabel Swire) is a British fashion designer largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.

Westwood has 11 exclusively-owned shops in UK; four in London, and one in Bicester Village, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester and Nottingham. She also has showrooms in Milan, Paris and Los Angeles.

In 1992, W