Vivienne Westwood at SEX (1975)
WILLIAM ENGLISH (1942-)
C-type print, 1975, signed by Vivienne Westwood in gold marker pen, signed by the artist and dated in gold marker pen verso
In handmade frame
Sex (stylised SEX) was a boutique run by Vivienne Westwood and her then partner Malcolm McLaren at 430 King’s Road, London between 1974 and 1976. It specialised in clothing that defined the look of the Punk Movement.
The façade of the shop included a 4-foot sign of pink foam rubber letters spelling “SEX”. The interior was covered with graffiti from the SCUM Manifesto and chickenwire. Rubber curtains covered the walls and red carpeting was installed.
SEX sold fetish and bondage wear as well as designs by McLaren and Westwood. Among customers were the four original members of the Sex Pistols (the bass-player Glen Matlock was an employee as a sales assistant on Saturdays). Chrissie Hynde worked Fridays.
Vivienne Westwood died on 29 December 2022.