23 September 2016
Excitement for Vivienne Westwood’s new collection of diaries has been ramping up at Serpent’s Tail HQ since Vivienne’s editor, Mark Ellingham, bought them last year – so you can only imagine the level of anticipation now we’re three weeks away from publication.
They’re everything we’d hoped for. Honest, enlightening, funny and impassioned, Get a Life treats us to a backstage tour of Vivienne’s life: from past fashion shows and the philosophies behind them, the imperatives behind her environmental movement, Climate Revolution, to her love for literature and art, to elaborate fashion parties in far-flung countries.
We’ve published Get a Life as a beautiful hardback with bright orange cloth binding. Inside, diary entries are illustrated with Vivienne’s own sketches and handwritten notes, plus beautiful photos from fashion shows, fabrics, photoshoots as well as images of Vivienne’s cultural inspirations.
It’ll make a beautiful present for anyone who loves Vivienne, who is interested in climate change campaigns and what it’s really like to run a top fashion company.
Here’s a taste of what’s inside:
WEDS 21 DEC
IT’S THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS …
We’ve been very busy in these last days before the Christmas break: putting together the Gold Label collection and moving ahead with Cool Earth fundraising work. The campaign has really been gathering momentum since its launch at the end of November. As well as raising money, raising public awareness of the urgent need to save the rainforest is really important if we want to achieve our goals. Our friend, Daniel Lismore, hosted a party at Whisky Mist in London – I think we were all amazed at how much money was raised and how many people wrote us letters of support.
This morning I did a photo shoot and interview on climate change for the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar with models from the Storm agency – we are so grateful for all the help and on-going support Storm are giving us with our project. I was also really pleased to spend time with the models: Lily Donaldson, Poppy Delevingne, Jacquetta Wheeler, Sadie Frost, Paul Sculfor and Max Rogers. I knew Jacquetta and Sadie already; they all looked wonderful but I was impressed by how interested they are in our work and how willing they all are to help us.
On Thursday, we’re off to a meeting at the prime minister’s office to talk about the rainforest and climate change.