Vivienne Westwood dies

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Fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood has died.

The British style icon, known for bringing modern punk and new wave looks mainstream, passed away at her London home on Thursday morning.

In a statement posted on social media, a representative shared that Westwood was "surrounded by her family" and died "peacefully". She was 81.

"Vivienne continued to do the things she loved, up until the last moment, designing, working on her art, writing her book, and changing the world for the better," they stated. "She led an amazing life. Her innovation and impact over the last 60 years has been immense and will continue into the future."

In addition, the spokesperson noted that Westwood was a Taoist and believed in making "full use of your character and full use of your life on earth".

"The world needs people like Vivienne to make a change for the better," the rep continued.

Westwood was instrumental in creating the punk fashion movement in the 1970s, with SEX, the boutique she founded with Malcolm McLaren, becoming a key meeting place for members of the scene.

The designer unveiled her namesake line in the late 1980s, with fans of her pieces including the likes of Pharrell Williams, Dita Von Teese, and Marion Cotillard.

In addition to fashion, Westwood promoted numerous political causes, particularly in relation to climate change and civil rights.

Westwood was married to Derek Westwood - with whom she welcomed son Ben Westwood - from 1962 and 1965 and also had a longterm relationship with McLaren, with whom she shared son Joseph Corré.

She wed Andreas Kronthaler in 1992.