Vivienne Westwood has locked up the costumes she designed for the Sex Pistols miniseries, saying they would devalue the originals if they end up on eBay
Dame Vivienne Westwood has locked up the costumes made for the Sex Pistols biographical miniseries, insisting they must never be worn again.
The 81-year-old designer believes the replicated outfits for the drama, which are closely based on her ’70s designs, would devalue the originals if they became available to the public.
A source said: ‘Always rebellious Vivienne would rather see the Pistols costumes destroyed than end up on eBay. These designs are exact replicas of the shop originals, which are pieces of history and worth a fortune.
“The new releases, which come with an authentic Vivienne Westwood design tag, cannot be released for circulation. They have therefore been archived…they are under lock and key. The source revealed that actress Talulah Riley, who appears like Dame Vivienne in the Six-Part Pistol, “hoped she could only keep one outfit”, adding: “She would hardly have sold her costume on eBay, but there was no change. ‘
Dame Vivienne Westwood (pictured) has locked up costumes made for the Sex Pistols biographical miniseries, insisting they must never be worn again
Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Malcolm McLaren, Talulah Riley as Vivienne Westwood on the set of Pistol
Dame Vivienne is credited with pioneering the punk style of SEX, the King’s Road shop in Chelsea, which she ran with Malcolm McLaren, her partner at the time. McLaren, who died in 2010, orchestrated the rise of the Sex Pistols as manager.
Joseph Corre, the couple’s son, told the Mail on Sunday: “The agreement was that these designs and clothes would be donated to Vivienne’s charitable foundation after filming. They will be kept in the archives as ‘copies’ and labeled No new costumes were designed.
Mr Corre, 54, founder of lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, added: “The foundation is a non-profit organization. It was created to sponsor and support all of Vivienne’s ideas and is the owner of her historic copyrights.
“These designs for the film had to be authorized by the foundation.”
In 2016, Mr Corre and his mother burned around £5million worth of punk rock memorabilia on a barge on the River Thames as part of a protest against fracking.
Gun is directed by Oscar-winning actor Danny Boyle and appears on Disney+. It is based on guitarist Steve Jones’ 2018 memoir, Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.