The British Minister for Culture Michelle Donelan spoke of a “sad day”: Westwood was an outstanding figure in British fashion. “Her punk style rewrote the rule book in the 1970s and was widely admired for staying true to her own values throughout her life,” Donelan tweeted.
“Vivienne Westwood wasn’t just a fashion icon and revolutionary – I got to know her as an impressive personality, as a self-determined, bold woman. She was a formative and enriching figure of our time and overcame borders, in her art, in her life plans, yes, in society “Said the Austrian Secretary of State for Art and Culture Andrea Mayer (Green). “It was particularly lucky for Austria when she held a teaching position at the Vienna University of Applied Sciences in the late 1980s. In 2019 she was awarded the European Culture Prize for social commitment at the Vienna State Opera for her life’s work.”
Also “Austria for Life” organizer Gery Keszler mourned: “In 1997 she was one of the first fashion designers to support the Life Ball and its cause. Her continued commitment made her an important and strong ally in the fight against HIV and AIDS,” said Keszler on Facebook. “We will miss you.”