Working together with Ian Kelly, a friend and infamous biographer, they will produce a detailed account of her eventful life, from fashion, to campaigning for Climate Revolution.

Picador will be publishing the book, and it will contain contributions from Vivienne’s family and celebrity/high profile friends.

The biography describes the path of being a primary school teacher to becoming one of the most famous fashion designers in her time. For introducing rebellious prints and items such as bondage into every day wear, plus her famous use of tartam safety pins.

Vivienne said:

“The living deserve respect. The dead deserve the truth; Ian and I are working together on this and I am excited that this will be my story, the story nobody ever did before.”

Ian said:

“Vivienne is much more than what you first see. She is passionately committed to human rights and to eco-politics, but as well as that I am keen to tell the truth about a huge-hearted, warm and witty individual, whose face and clothes are known the world over – but who is also recognisably the Derbyshire primary school teacher who met and fell in love with Malcolm McLaren and changed the world.”

Words: Natalie Toft

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