Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood helped set the style for modern punk and New Wave music. Born Vivienne Isabel Swire in Derbyshire, on April 8, 1941 she is considered one of the most unconventional and outspoken fashion designers in the world, Westwood rose to fame in the late 1970s when her early designs helped shape the look of the punk rock movement.
Coupled with Westwood’s unconventional style sense, is an outspokenness and daring that demonstrates a certain level of fearlessness about her and her work. Westwood’s influence is hard to deny. Twice she has been named British designer of the year and was awarded the O.B.E. in 1992.
The fashion designer and climate campaigner Westwood has called on the fashion industry to set the trend in switching to green energy – with the goal of getting half of Britain powered by renewable energy. Vivienne Westwood is now powering her fashion business with green energy and is campaigning for the fashion industry and the public to switch away from dirty fossil fuels, even naming her Autumn-Winter 17/18 Vivienne Westwood show at London Fashion Week ‘Ecotricity’.
Vivienne said: “We must all demand a fast transition to clean energy. We require a Green Economy for human life to remain sustainable and flourish. “It is so ridiculously easy to switch to green energy.”
The majority of premises run by Vivienne Westwood within the UK have now transitioned to green energy and green gas with Ecotricity, and the UK company aims to be entirely supplied by Ecotricity by next year.
Ecotricity founder, Dale Vince, said: “Switching to green energy is the biggest single thing – and the easiest thing – that any business or person can do to cut their emissions that cause air pollution and climate change.
“It’s great to see Vivienne taking this step and setting out a target to have half of Britain powered by green energy.
“And it’s not as madly ambitious as it sounds because last year 25% of our electricity came from green energy – so it can be done and we are right behind this goal.”
Honestly why wouldnt you make the change, – not only is this helping the planet, but Westwood and Ecotricity have also set out a plan with some practical steps to help support people in the UK through the change to green energy. You simply put in a request online and Ecotricity does the rest. The green energy company uses a structure called ‘Bills into Mills’ – a process that uses the money from consumers’ energy bills to build more windmills. All profits go back into the mission of expanding renewable energy. For those making the switch now, Ecotricity will also donate £60.00 to Fuel Poverty Action – a charity supporting people unable to afford energy bills.
In February, Climate Revolution will fuse with the Vivienne Westwood website. In anticipation of the merge, we invite readers to explore Vivienne’s diaries which were recently edited in to a book,‘Get A Life’ – you can read them all here. The purpose of the book is to give people a true vision of the world on a daily basis.
“You can dip in to the diary at any point; it’s as relevant now as it was when I wrote it, as it will be in ten years time. You will find out more about CR by reading it.” said Westwood
Behind-the-scenes footage from the Ecotricity fashion show last week as Vivienne and Dale discuss SWITCH with US rapper, Machine Gun Kelly.
On 20th February, the designer is hosting a club night, SWITCH, at the recently re-opened Fabric in partnership with Climate Revolution. Westwood will speak at the event, as will Ecotricity’s Dale Vince. The dress code will be Mad Max and music will be provided by A Guy Called Gerald. Dont miss this.
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