Katherine & Tracy O’Keeffe

Vivienne Westwood World's End
Work on the Kings Road shop World’s End is coming along. It looks now very likely that it will re-open at the end of January.
A lot of you have expressed worries that the shop will be changed but this is not the case. It will just be better.
To illustrate this I will take the example of the photographs which have been hanging in the shop since 1980.
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There are four of these that I am specifically referring to. They are the photos with the two girls wearing Pirate collection & they have all turned very yellow & faded due to the sunlight on them for the last 34 years.
The original negatives are all missing so the only way to have them restored is to have the actual photos from the shop removed from their frames so as to be digitally scanned on a high resolution drum scanner.
This has been done & the scans have been corrected. When the shop re-opens these photos will look as good as new.
Vivienne Westwood Worlds End
I may as well take advantage of this to give the background to these images.
Photographed by Robyn Beech the two models are Kathy O’Keeffe & Suzanna Hamilton.
We did not know the name of Suzanna but Vivienne remembered that this model was an actress & that she had just got a part in the 1984 film of George Orwell’s novel 1984 (Orwell is one of Vivienne’s favourite authors) playing the main female role of Julia.
We did an internet search with this info & found out her name. The name was not familiar to Vivienne & so we were not completely sure of this but Suzanna does really look like the model in the photos. What do you think?
The film 1984 also starred Richard Burton who plays O’Brien in it (His last film before his death) & John Hurt plays Winston Smith.
Suzanna had also played a main role in the film ‘Swallows & Amazons’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzanna_Hamilton
The second model in the photos is Katherine O’Keeffe.
Vivienne Westwood Pirate
Kathy I have just found out is the younger sister of an earlier Westwood model whom I personally knew as she babysat for me once with her friend Debbie.
This model is Tracy O’Keeffe & she modelled the Seditionaries bondage suits (again with her friend Debbie).
Vivienne Westwood Seditionaries
(Kathy,Debbie Tracy are all unfortunately deceased now)

To round off this post I am also including two more photos from this set of images. The young boy in one of them is my brother Joe.
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A last piece of this story is that the girls are using new technology; brand new Sony Walkman’s which had just been put on the general market & the blue box Kathy holds is a new Atari computer game player (I think it had Space Invaders playing on it).
The black & white television in the photo of the models nude is playing Linda Lovelace in ‘Deep Throat’.
Vivienne Westwood Suzanna Hamilton
The first image on this post (of Kathy) was used for the invite of Vivienne & Malcolm’s first fashion show ‘Pirates’ AW81.

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8 thoughts on “Katherine & Tracy O’Keeffe

  1. I am so excited for Worlds End opening! I will be visiting late March during my break. Can’t wait!

  2. An interesting post again. Thankyou. It’s unusual for a shop to have such affection from people don’t you think?

    A few questions…
    when will your Paris store open? When, where and why? And… Why has Vivienne not introduced a male perfume? X

    • I think because Let it rock (which is no more) , and even boudoir we consider quite androgynous at WE :)

      • Yeah I was using Let it Rock for a long time ! Sad to see it go :-( I loved it surprised to hear Vivienne only likes Boudoir considering the others are all hers.

  3. Ben, do you know what ever became of the photo shoots that were going to be used for Malcolm’s magazine Chicken? I heard that your mother did the styling.

    I’ve seen bits and pieces of the one with Annabella Lwin(?) in the recording studio, but I’ve read there was another set that featured a Tarzan/Jane story about a feral boy – in a Worlds End gold lame loincloth – breaking into a girls room at night and trying to make sense of her Sony Walkman.

  4. Do you not have access to the upper floors? What about the side door? Where the Warhol Ingrid Bergman portrait hangs! What does that get used for? X

    • The upper half of the building is privately owned! It is beautiful, but we aren’t allowed in… (although I crashed a great party there once)