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Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood helped set the style for modern punk and New Wave music.
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To do so, she wore a suit Thatcher had ordered but not yet received, an act that made the Thatcher irate.
Still, Westwood's influence is hard to deny. Twice she has been named British designer of the year and was awarded the O.B.E. (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1992.
For more than 30 years, even after she had long made her fortune and fame, Westwood lived in the same small South London apartment,
paying just $400 a month for the home and riding her bike to her studio in Battersea.
In 1993, ten years after Westwood and Mclaren split, Westwood married for a second time, to her assistant, Andreas Kronthaler, who is 25 years her junior. Today, Kronthaler is her design partner. The couple resides in South London.
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