The fight is no longer between the classes or between rich and poor but between the idiots and the eco-conscious.

— Vivienne Westwood

The most instructive Vivienne Westwood quotes that are easy to memorize and remember

You have a more interesting life if you wear impressive clothes.


Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody's buying far too many clothes.

Vivienne Westwood quote Buy Less. Choose Well.

Buy Less. Choose Well.


Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.


It is extremely difficult to say how long the process actually took to finally achieve my fragrance, Boudoir, because there was a lot of time waiting around for other people.


I am attracted to people who make this effort in knowing what suits them - they are individual and stylish.


Buy less, choose well: that's the maxim.

Quality not quantity. That's the most environmentally friendly thing you can do.


If you wear clothes that don't suit you, you're a fashion victim.

You have to wear clothes that make you look better.


The sexiest people are thinkers. Nobody's interested in somebody who's just vain with a hole in their head, talking about the latest thing - there is no latest thing. It's all rubbish.


The most erotic zone is the imagination.


I think feminists are unaware of the tremendous extent of the role of women in history.


I just use fashion as an excuse to talk about politics.

Because I'm a fashion designer, it gives me a voice, which is really good.


There's nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere.


About Vivienne Westwood

Quotes 189 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Designer
Birthday 8 April 1941

It is all about technique. The great mistake of this century is to put inspiration and creativity first.


I didn't know how a working-class girl like me could possibly make a living in the art world


It's true the punk fashion itself was iconographic: rips and dirt, safety pins, zips, slogans, and hairstyles. These motifs were so iconic in themselves - motifs of rebellion.


Why do people think that if you don't dress up, others will appreciate your beauty more - that style will somehow emanate from you? It's rubbish. If you dress up it helps your personality to emerge - if you choose well


I never look at fashion magazines. I find them incredibly boring.


Art should never be sociological; it has got to be timeless. It's got to be your vision and how you can represent the world you see.


The muscular, athletic type is not representative of the human race, who are varied in their physique.


You've got to invest in the world, you've got to read, you've got to go to art galleries, you've got to find out the names of plants. You've got to start to love the world and know about the whole genius of the human race. We're amazing people.


I like to literally put women on a pedestal


It is not possible for a man to be elegant without a touch of femininity.


There is a real connection between culture and climate change.

We all have a part to play and if you engage with life, you will get a new set of values, get off the consumer treadmill, and start to think, and it is these great thinkers who will rescue the planet.


We are so conformist; nobody is thinking. We are all sucking up stuff; we have been trained to be consumers, and we are all consuming far too much.


My clothes are very popular in Japan.


I think dress, hairstyle and make-up are the crucial factors in projecting an attractive persona and give one the chance to enhance one's best physical features.


The best fashion accessory is a book.


Wear a towel instead of a coat, it’s very chic.

Or your husband’s boxer shorts with a belt, or something from your grandmother. It’s all about do-it-yourself at the moment.


Our economic system, run for profit and waste and based primarily on the extractive industries, is the cause of climate change. We have wasted the earth's treasure and we can no longer exploit it cheaply.


When I'm in the street, the only people I notice are usually at least 70 years old, because they look really stylish.


We are the most amazing creatures that this world has ever produced, but we seem to also have this herd mentality; we seem to be the most stupid, also.


I've got a real sense of three-dimensional geometry.

I can look at a flat piece of fabric and know that if I put a slit in it and make some fabric travel around a square, then when you lift it up it will drape in a certain way, and I can feel how that will happen.


We have got to change our ethics and our financial system and our whole way of understanding the world. It has to be a world in which people live rather than die; a sustainable world. It could be great.


The orb came about because I wanted to do this kitsch sweater for Prince Charles when he went hunting and fishing with his kilt on.


The sexiest people are thinkers.


Fashion is life-enhancing and I think it's a lovely, generous thing to do for other people.


I'm always attracted to people who interest me.

They've got to be people who are really true to themselves somehow, and who are always trying to do something that makes their life more interesting, or better, or something for somebody else. They're interested in people.


Everybody should have a fair deal; everybody should have the chance to life in this world. If we were evolved as human beings, we would hopefully be able to alleviate suffering in the world.


My children came out as individuals in their own right.

They were not my products. They had their own characters and were very strong-minded. I gave them a lot of freedom when they were still very young. The one thing they got from me is morals. They would never betray anyone. They are really good people.


The age in which we live, this non-stop distraction, is making it more impossible for the young generation to ever have the curiosity or discipline... because you need to be alone to find out anything.


The main message of Climate Revolution is that climate change is caused by the rotten financial system we've got, designed to create poverty and rip off any profits for a small amount of rich people. Meanwhile, it destroys the earth.


I remember reading a book set in the future, it was written in the 1870s projecting to 1920, and this time traveler said you couldn't tell the difference between men and women. He saw what was coming.


I always thought we had an environmental problem, but I hadn't realized how urgent it was. James Lovelock writes that by the end of this century there will be one billion people left.


I didn't do anything at the Queen, whom I admire.


I think that feminists have definitely underestimated the role that women have had historically. I think I would be insecure if I were to be a man; there's so much pressure on you.


My clothes have always got a very strong dynamic rapport with the body - they are very body conscious, they help you to look glamorous, more hourglass, more woman.


I was so upset with what was going on in the world.

I just couldn't stand the idea of being people tortured and that we even had such a thing as war. I hated the older generation, who had not done anything about it. Punk was a call-to-arms for me.


The best night of my life was watching the Japanese Noh theater.

I've only seen it once, but even saying it now, I think, 'How can I ever have this experience again?' It was so mesmerizing, so complicated and so primordial; I could not believe it.


Everybody looks like clones and the only people you notice are my age.

I don't notice anybody unless they look great, and every now and again they do, and they are usually 70.