When iconoclast Vivienne Westwood launched her label in 1971 she was responsible for irrevocably shaking up the world of British fashion. She believes fashion is a mixture and exchange of ideas between England and France; “On the English side we have tailoring and an easy charm, on the French side that solidity of design and proportion that comes from never being satisfied because something can always be done to make it better, more refined.” Her punk-rock designs and orb style logo quickly became trademarks of the brand. Her reputation sky-rocketed when she and Malcolm McClaren of The Sex Pistols opened a London boutique showcasing their love of music and fashion. More recently her tough, bondage influenced designs have been replaced with a more romantic stance, featuring corsetry, tartans and her signature pirate boots. She has since launched diffusion label Anglomania, alongside her Red and Gold label designs. Often cited as the ‘great dame of fashion’ Westwood is easily one of Britain's most cherished designers, today her influence reigns as much as it did when she set out in the seventies.