This Diary entry is long – My comments on the play about Ai Weiwei turned into a complete essay on modern art. Continue reading
I promised to tell you about “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse. I read it on the train and whilst still in Paris after the shows.
The general consensus of opinion is that Buddhism had its origins in India in the 7th century BC from a Hindu prince named Siddhartha or as he is often called, Gautama. There is no proof that the Buddha was a historical person just as there is no historical evidence for Christ. Continue reading
Revealed as part of her Autumn/Winter collection at Paris Fashion Week 2013, Vivienne Westwood has created for Greenpeace a special ‘Save the Arctic’ design. The heart shape design will adorn the jackets of a team of young people, including rising star Ezra Miller, who is preparing to ski to the North Pole as part of the Greenpeace ‘Save the Arctic’ campaign.
Find out how Vivienne came up with the design and why she is passionate about the worldwide movement to protect the Arctic.
Events which should have been on the last Diary entry:
“Red Carpet Green Dress”. I told you about Suzy Cameron and her project . How did we get on? I think the winner, Michael, is talented. He changed the colour according to the wishes of “Skyfall” star, Naomie Harris, who wore it to the Oscars. It was a beautiful colour of yellow earth dyed from plants, goldenrod and chamomile, which could be scaled up for commercial use. Very seductive, these natural dyes. How green were the beads? They were recycled, taken from old garments. And the fabric itself, the silk? Samata, who had run the whole research, told us the silk is very good because it doesn’t kill the worms. “Why is that good for the environment?” I asked. “And tell me, surely the cocoon of the worm is the silk. Why is it kinder to unwind the silk down to the naked live little worm rather than just gas it or kill it outright?” she answered that it is kind and that the worm will “be able to re-enter its community”. I am waiting to hear more. Continue reading
Wednesday, 30 January:
I wish to invest in the Trillion Fund http://www.trillionfund.com/ because I think it’s fundamental to the success of the Climate Revolution. I have a meeting. Andreas is so entirely focussed on the Gold Label collection that it is difficult for me to take time out to do anything other; otherwise I’m not pulling my weight. He said, “You know I saw these beautiful Chinese carpets and I would love to buy them but I won’t because I have it in me that I can’t afford them. If people would buy only beautiful things, that is Climate Economy. That would be a revolution to change the world. Continue reading
Join the #ClimateRevolution between 2 – 4 Saturday 2 March @followwestwood 44 Conduit St W1 https://www.facebook.com/events/535035979853107/
On the 2nd of March between 2pm and 4pm, Vivienne Westwood’s ‘face of war’ from the Paralympics and the catwalk takes to the streets of London. We are mixing flash mob with face painting, hence ‘face mob’. The face of war is Vivienne’s symbolic message to unite everyone and to achieve the public message that we need a Climate Revolution. If you are disheartened with the financial system, want to do something to save the planet, fight for human rights or fed up with the propaganda then come and be part of the London face mob. This is something for everyone to express themselves to the world that new change is needed. This is a fun event where we want you to strut around London and show the world that you want a future and it will belong to you.
Climate Revolution will set up a face painting stall outside Vivienne’s shop at 44 Conduit Street in the heart of central London, where you can come and get ‘the face of war’ painted for free by British Artist Daniel Lismore and receive a message from Vivienne Westwood. We want to paint your face and unleash you onto the streets and for you to be creative with your image online. Post it on facebook, twitter or instagram - the best picture will win a Climate Revolution t-shirt as seen on Lady Gaga, Georgia May Jagger and Kate Moss.
Don’t forget to tag Climate Revolution’s facebook page on your image or #climaterevolution #viviennewestwood on Instagram/Twitter to enter the competition. Find us on twitter @climate_rev
Let the face mobbing begin!
This photograph is from a book on St Laurent. The girls are sitting in white coats waiting for their outfits but with hair, make-up and accessories done and ready. I imagine it is prior to a final fitting or rehearsal. It bears witness to the perfection achieved by one man and his team; what TS Eliot, with regard to William Blake, called “an extraordinary labour of simplification.” Each woman is as beautiful as the next, none more beautiful. Continue reading