2008 Oct 04

Kate set to play style icon Viv

KATE WINSLET is to play designer VIVIENNE WESTWOOD in an upcoming biopic.

The Titanic actress has been cast as the fashion icon for the Universal film about her life from the Seventies to the present.

Quirky Vivienne who has been credited with rewriting the rules of taste, will meet Kate to talk about the movie when the script is finished.

A source said: “Vivienne is a British icon and it was about time a film was made about her. Fashionistas all over the world adore her.”

“Not only is she an amazing designer, she’s also an incredible character. She has managed to lead a real rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle without destroying her talent.”

“The script will be easy to write because her life is packed full of stories.”

“Kate Winslet is an excellent choice to play Vivienne. She’ll be fantastic.”

The self-taught designer — who made her name by bringing punk fashions to the mainstream — used to own the Sex fashion boutique on London’s Kings Road in the Seventies along with her second husband and SEX PISTOLS manager MALCOLM McLAREN.

She now runs one of the most successful fashion houses in the world with a chain of exclusive shops including those in London, Manchester and Liverpool.

A Vivienne Westwood spokesman confirmed: “The script is going well and Kate will play Vivienne. It has been a long time in planning but we’re very excited that it’s happening.”

Source: The Sun