Vivienne Westwood isn't known for keeping her opinions to herself--the veteran designer has been outspoken about current events ranging from climate change to Julian Assange to Kate Middleton. And in a new interview with the New York Times' Eric Wilson, she sounds off on the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American journalists, and Michelle Obama--to name just a few. Read on for all the things that are annoying Dame Westwood lately.
On being upset that the Metropolitan Museum of Art didn't take her V&A retrospective:
I’ll tell you the truth, not that it is a very good idea to tell the truth about things, but I was very cross with the Metropolitan Museum for not taking my retrospective. I think it’s ridiculous.
On American journalists:
I’m also rather bored with American journalists...You know, America is an isolated territory, with all those editors who think they are so powerful. Mostly, I think they are rubbish.
On fashion's ability to provoke, and the influence of stylists:
There’s such a communication of stylists. They weren’t very important once. The general public didn’t even know about them. They were paid very badly and worked for two weeks getting a shoot together and got a quarter of what the hair person got. Fashion has become so whatever. I don’t think there are any stones left to unturn.
On Michelle Obama:
Don’t talk about her. It’s dreadful what she wears....I don’t want to talk about it. Really, I can’t. She’s a very nice looking lady, but it’s a nonstarter regarding clothes that suit her.