32 Londoners - A series of 32 talks on famous Londoners on the Coca-Cola London Eye, in association with Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation on 11th June 2015HomeAboutThe London EyeTickets
32 Londoners - 32 Speakers - 32 Journeys - Men & Women who found their fortune in London
Ian Kelly on Vivienne Westwood - Fashion Designer
Born Vivienne Isabel Swire, 1941, TintwistleClick here for tickets - June 11th 2015

Vivienne Westwood was described by Alexander McQueen as "the Coco Chanel of our era". With her then-partner, Malcolm McLaren, she is credited with co-creating the look of Punk, fusing bondage clothing, fetish wear, safety pins and tartan, all sold from their World's End (Kings Road) shop.

After their split 'Vivienne Westwood' the fashion house was born: it has had unparalleled success and influence in the fashion world ever since and in selling the image of London abroad. Today her designs are worn by Pharrell Williams, Christina Hendricks and the Duchess of Cornwall. Dame Vivienne's work spans Paris couture, Green Party politics and a series of civil rights and ecological activist causes from Liberty to Cool Earth.

Ian Kelly is an author, biographer and actor. He has written biographies of Giacomo Casanova, Beau Brummell, chef Antonin CarĂªme and actor Samuel Foote. He collaborated with Dame Vivienne Westwood on her recent biography.

Kelly's stage adaptation of his book Mr Foote's Other Leg opens in London this September, directed by Richard Eyre with Simon Russell Beale as Samuel Foote.

8:30 pm - Guests to arrive in the the 32 Londoners' departure lounge in County Hall's Riverside Rooms. Music and entertainment will be provided. Please use this time to find your group. Hosts will be holding signs of the Londoner who is the subject of each of talk.
8:45 pm - First embarkation. Complimentary drinks will be served in your capsule.
9:50 pm - Last disembarkation. Please return to County Hall for more entertainment.
11:00 pm - Lounge closes.

The Venue - Coca-Cola London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB
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