Opera Stars Pay Tribute to Vivienne Westwood

By Francisco Salazar

Following the death of Vivienne Westwood at age 81, opera stars are paying tribute to the iconic fashion designer who brought punk style to the world.

Renée Fleming, who wore 15 of Westwood’s gowns said, “crestfallen to learn of the passing of the great Vivienne Westwood. I am fortunate to have worn 15 different Westwood creations, and my daughter was just married in one last week. I was always struck by Vivienne’s irreverence, fearlessness, and total independence from convention, while still deploying whatever she liked of tradition in the service of beauty. (And she made the best corset in the business, bar none).”

She added, “I was also in awe of her irrepressible vitality. She completely rejected the concept of aging. When she came to ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ (not a short opera) at the Royal Opera House and stayed for the party afterward, she biked home. The last time I saw her, when we took this photo in April, she said she had a plan for solving the climate crisis. I completely believed her. My deepest condolences go to Andreas, as well as her small, loyal, gifted team.”
Meanwhile, Angela Gheorghiu said, “Saddened to hear about the passing of British punk and fashion icon Dame Vivienne Westwood. The diva went on to post two pictures of her two favorite Westwood dresses.
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato also paid tribute to Westwood with pictures of the gowns she wore by the designer and said, “a towering artist and presence in this life … what a joy it was to wear her creations. Rest in power, Dame Vivienne.”

The announcement of the designer’s death was posted on her company’s social media page, which read, “29th December 2022.  Vivienne Westwood died today, peacefully and surrounded by her family, in Clapham, South London. The world needs people like Vivienne to make a change for the better.”



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