Vivienne Westwood to be honoured at 2018 Fashion Awards

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood is to receive the Swarovski Award for Positive Change at the British Fashion Council's (BFC) 2018 Fashion Awards.

The British designer is known for bringing modern punk and new wave fashion into the mainstream, as well as for her advocacy regarding civil rights and climate change, especially in relation to her ventures with Greenpeace, Cool Earth, and SWITCH to Green.

Now, Westwood is to be recognised by BFC officials for her contribution to the wider industry.

"With this special award Dame Vivienne Westwood will be recognised for being a campaigner for change throughout her career," said Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive officer, in a statement. "She has led the way championing humanitarian and environmental issues, and her contribution to British fashion, make her one of the most respected designers in the fashion industry and a great inspiration to us all.

"Her most recent campaign has led more businesses in the fashion industry in the U.K. to Switch to Green Energy and she continues to inspire many more to do the same."

Those previously honoured with the award include late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani and Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski Executive Board, explained that the prize recognises and celebrates individuals who have made a positive impact on society and the environment.

"The Swarovski Award for Positive Change forms part of Swarovski's wider efforts to promote a more sustainable future. Dame Vivienne Westwood has made an indelible mark on global fashion and we are delighted to celebrate her inspirational creativity, lifelong advocacy of environmental causes and promotion of ethical fashion which have had an enduring and profound effect on the industry," she added.

A highlight of the international fashion calendar, the 2018 Fashion Awards will take place at London's Royal Albert Hall on 10 December.

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