Vivienne Westwood joins Reprieve as Patron

April 15, 2011

Reprieve is delighted to announce that world-renowned fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has agreed to become our Patron

Vivienne is a long-standing supporter of Reprieve and over the years has collaborated with us on two major projects. In February 2008 she sent models at her London Fashion Week show out onto the catwalk wearing underwear in a fetching shade of ‘Guantánamo orange’ as part of our ‘Fair Trial My Arse’ campaign, and last September she designed a Reprieve necklace specially for us, with all profits going to support our vital work.

Vivienne began her career in fashion in 1971, when she opened a shop at 430 Kings Road, Chelsea in collaboration with her partner Malcolm McLaren. By the end of the seventies she was already established as a symbol of the British avant-garde and showed her first catwalk presentation in London in October 1981. The next year, Vivienne began to show in Paris, the first British designer to do so since Mary Quant.

2004 saw the V&A host a Vivienne Westwood retrospective exhibition to celebrate her 34 years in fashion – the largest exhibition ever devoted to a living British fashion designer. In 2006, Vivienne’s contribution to British Fashion was officially recognised when she was appointed Dame of the British Empire. In 2007, was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion at the British Fashion Awards in London.

Reprieve Director Clive Stafford Smith said:

“The assistance Vivienne has given us over the years has been invaluable – her support helps spread the word to a plethora of different people, some of whom may not initially have put human rights at the top of their agenda. I am very excited to have her officially on board in her new capacity as Patron of Reprieve.”

For more information please contact KatherineO’Shea at Reprieve’s Press Office katherine.oshea@reprieve.org.uk 020 7427 1099/ 07931592674.

Notes for Editors: Reprieve, a legal action charity, uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. Reprieve investigates, litigates and educates, working on the frontline, to provide legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves. Reprieve promotes the rule of law around the world, securing each person’s right to a fair trial and saving lives. Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve and has spent 27 years working on behalf of people facing the death penalty in the USA. Reprieve has represented, and continues to represent, a large number of prisoners who have been rendered and abused around the world, and is conducting ongoing investigations into the rendition and the secret detention of ‘ghost prisoners’ in the so-called ‘war on terror.’