By Jane Mulvagh

The acclaimed biography of 1 of England's nice eccentrics and best style designers. • for 3 many years, Vivienne Westwood has been Britain's such a lot continually unique, outrageous, eccentric and arguable dressmaker. In that point she has advanced from an iconoclastic outsider to an across the world respected determine, with British fashion designer of the 12 months awards, an OBE, her personal winning type label and an unequalled attractiveness for best the place different designers follow.• Her way of life may well scarcely be in better distinction to the opulence which surrounds different major designers: until eventually lately she lived in a modest council flat in South London, and he or she nonetheless travels round the capital through bicycle, wearing her personal flamboyant creations, with a plastic bag keeping her hair from the weather. How did a clumsy lady from a standard and provincial heritage turn into one among international fashion's such a lot influential and revered designers? How has she controlled to stay precise to her personal idiosyncratic imaginative and prescient, refusing to comply to the style industry's, and society's, expectations?• chatting with Westwood herself, her neighbors, fanatics, colleagues, competitors, admirers and detractors, Jane Mulvagh has created a portrait as wealthy, targeted and continually mind-blowing as her subject's personality and paintings.

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Yet, is it very plausible that he honestly believes that real leadership power comes from an 24 FASHION AND UTOPIA IN MANAGEMENT THINKING honorable character? I for my part do not believe that such an insight can be the result of a scientific, objective and rationalist inquiry. It is based on the kind of fantasy that I have alluded to above. It is more an expression of what Covey and perhaps his audience desire to be the case. Peter Senge (1990: 159) provides another example of the strained relationship many gurus or consultants have with factual truth.

Dissenting views are dangerous because they open the door for chaos and disorganization. Or to paraphrase George Orwell, there is nothing in the behavior of an individual which is unimportant. 5. It is radical. It wishes to break the ties of the past. It wishes, as Descartes already made clear, to deconstruct “the houses of the city” and to make a fresh new start. The senses are to be distrusted. Only reason counts. The past is irrelevant. History is, as Henry Ford pointed out, bunk. Progress in the name of reason is what matters.

They do not only tell managers how to manage their organizations, they also tell them which kind of people they should become in order to be happy and morally conscious citizens with fulfilling lives. This reminds us of MacIntyre’s idea discussed above that in a Goffmanesque world — and perhaps postmodernist society can be seen as the inevitable outcome of such a world — no limits are set on whom is going to participate in the moral debates of the age. As MacIntyre explains, however, the price for this accessibility is that nobody can speak with authority.

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