Friday, July 16, 2010

**** you, Ma’am


Sorry, but this made me laugh out loud . . .

Not the picture above, but this from the BBC website: “In the second of a series of articles about innovation, Stephen Sackur looks for common qualities that unite the genuine revolutionaries he has encountered.”

“At its crudest innovation delivers a loud ‘**** you’ to the status quo,” writes Mr Sackur. He goes on:

‘In the mid-1970s the clothes designer Vivienne Westwood came up with one of the most innovative middle finger salutes ever delivered to the fashion establishment with her punk chic [. . .]

"I was messianic about punk, it was a way to put a spoke in the system", she says.

Westwood, who has turned her deeply idiosyncratic designs into a thriving worldwide business* does what pleases her, rather than what is expected.

Famously, she wore a revealing dress with no knickers when picking up an honour from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
The irony of that last sentence has to be savoured, and, I think, it beautifully sums up ‘rebel chic’:

Famously, she wore a revealing dress with no knickers when picking up an honour from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Way to put a spoke in the system, Viv!

*Smash the system!

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