Vivienne Westwood: The life and sole
Dame Vivienne Westwood pictured yesterday at the opening of an exhibition devoted to her shoes at the London department store Selfridges.
The Punk-provocateur-turned-internationally-renowned designer is know for her ingenious and distinctive shoes, such as the Super Elevated Gillie - the huge platforms which sent Naomi Campbell tumbling in 1993 - and pirate boots with multiple buckles, which she created in 1981. Westwood is influenced by everything from 16th-century Delft pottery to Victorian dandyism, and her creations have an unconventional air to them, combined with a sense of humour. Her plastic shoes for the Brazilian label Melissa include short wellies with gold buttons and the Lady Dragon shoes - Minnie Mouse-style heels adorned with huge hearts. Westwood's verdict on female footwear is that "Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women on a pedestal."
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