Thursday, December 16, 2010

The 'Reprieve' Necklace by Vivienne Westwood


A necklace designed by Vivienne Westwood specially for Reprieve is now on sale, just in time for Christmas, with all proceeds going to their vital work for prisoners on death rows and in Guantánamo Bay.

Reprieve has once again joined forces with world-renowned fashion-designer Vivienne Westwood. Supermodel and Reprieve volunteer Jacquetta Wheeler collaborated in the design of the stunning necklace, engraved with the word ‘Reprieve’ and shaped like a heart, because, as Vivienne puts it, “it could happen to you”. All proceeds will go directly to Reprieve’s work for victims of torture, rendition and unlawful detention, and for British and European nationals facing the death penalty.

Two and a half years ago, Reprieve teamed up with Vivienne Westwood and Agent Provocateur for the ‘Fair Trial My Arse’ campaign. Underwear designed by Agent Provocateur in a fetching shade of ‘Guantánamo orange’ appeared in AP stores on both sides of the Atlantic and was sported by models at Vivienne Westwood’s London Fashion Week show in February 2008.

This time, the necklace came in a variety of sizes and colours for the catwalk show at London Fashion Week in September, with Jacquetta herself wearing a large chunky version in copper and red. The necklace currently on sale to the public is smaller in size and comes in an oxidised silver finish. There is also a matching clutch pin. The necklace is priced at £105 and the pin at £35, and both are available from

This project will not only raise awareness of their work, but also the essential funds required to continue it. The profits from every necklace sold will go towards their frontline work assisting prisoners denied justice around the world, from death row to Guantánamo Bay.

Do you think fashion needs to show more concern for social and political matters?

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