Vivienne Westwood gave Lorna Tucker permission to take her two years to follow for a documentary. But now the movie is ready, calls on the British designer to her fans to not go to the ‘mediocre’ work to go and have a look.
Westwood was at the forefront of the punk, which for many years was married to Malcolm McLaren the punk group The Sex Pistols great made, runs still her fashion house and is committed to the climate, and against environmental pollution. Director Lorna Tucker took the designer two years, and her documentary Westwood: punk, icon, activist , is from this week to see in Great Britain.
Although she had her full co-operation granted, Westwood is not happy with the result. In January, she took away from the documentary that, according to her under false pretenses was made. ‘Lorna Tucker has asked to the activism of Vivienne to film and followed her a few years, but there are no five-minute activism in the film’, she writes on Twitter. “It is a shame because the film medium is, and Vivienne and Andreas (her husband Andreas Kronthaler, ed.) are not.’
In the documentary you can see how Westwood uitvliegt against a young assistant as they zoom incorrectly stitched. Also its marketing department should pay for it. The annoying thing is that these passages are shown just after an interview, in which Westwood herself as ‘very sweet’ labels.
Also for McLaren, she has few beautiful words: “He was jealous of me, he always did as if everything is his idea,” she says about her ex-husband. “I stayed with him because I respected him, but in the end I was intellectually bored on him.” About her youngest son, Joe Corré, let them know that they actually prefer an abortion had wanted. She dismissed him from her company after he was in conflict with one of its employees. ‘It was he or I, but mother thought him important. That hurt, ” says Corré in the documentary.
When talking about her commitment to charity, come also the cons to top. Her team, meanwhile, clothes, shoes, bags, and campaigns must prepare ourselves, is frustrated because Westwood is absent due to her work for charities and ngos. ‘Maybe we can have the collection in three days’, mort a assistant.
‘Often verbally abused’
For Tucker the rejection of Westwood not come as a surprise. ‘Vivienne wanted to film directing,” she says in an interview with Vanity Fair. “I wanted to make a film about a complex life full of challenges, about a woman that often is spewed by the world of fashion, but fought to get her stamp to print. They want the world activism to learn, but if people don’t care about her or don’t understand why this is so important for her, no one will listen. I wanted to tell the story of an artist, an older woman, a businesswoman in a world full of men.’
Although the filming does not always go smoothly – ‘I was often scolded by her’ – is Tucker still happy with the result. “The film comes at a time when there is a need of inspiration for women. Vivienne is an older woman, she has never had plastic surgery, she does every day her eyeliner on and wear high heels fifteen centimeters, and she is there anyway. That makes you think: fuck this shit, be strong and be beautiful.’