In the 1970s, Westwood made new wave and punk mainstream when she began selling her eccentric collection of bondage gear, massive platform shoes and slogan T-shirts on London’s King’s Road — the epicenter of posh. “It changed the way people looked. I was messianic about punk, seeing if one could put a spoke in the system in some way,” she’s said of that period. By the early ’80s she began experimenting with, among other things, pinstripe tailoring and tartan, and debuted her now signature corsets, inspired by the silhouettes of 18th century courtesans.
This goes to show you that conforming to the norm is never necessary in fashion. Traveling off the beaten path and creating your own vision is what fashion is really made of!