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Vivienne Westwood closes London Fashion Week show in 'I'm Julian Assange' T-shirt

It wasn't simply the designs that left a lasting impact on guests of designer Vivienne Westwood's Red Label fall 2013 runway show Sunday.

Vivienne Westwood closes London Fashion Week show in 'I'm Julian Assange' T-shirt

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Designer Vivienne Westwood, centre right, takes the applause following her show, during London Fashion Week, at the Saatchi Gallery in west London, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Designer Vivienne Westwood, centre right, takes the applause following her show, during London Fashion Week, at the Saatchi Gallery in west London, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) Joel Ryan/Invision/AP

It wasn't simply the designs that left a lasting impact on guests of designer Vivienne Westwood's Red Label fall 2013 runway show Sunday.

The 71-year-old designer, an activist in her own right, walked down the catwalk at the show's finale in a T-shirt stamped with her face and the text "I'm Julian Assange" emblazoned in bold. In October, Westwood visited the WikiLeaks founder in South America to show her support for the controversial figure who currently resides in Ecuador's embassy as he faces extradition to Sweden. She wore the same design then and has been selling the item to raise funds to support Assange.

The T-shirt, which retails for $75, is accompanied by this product description on Westwood's site:

"I support Julian Assange because he’s clever and brave and the founder of Wikileaks – a brilliant organization in the public interest to expose the facts concealed and misinformation published by the authorities for their own protection. Therefore the authorities wish to punish him; they’re out to get him at all costs. Wikileaks has had 90% of all donations blocked by Visa, MasterCard, Western Union, PayPal, Amazon and Bank of America, so all profits from the sale of this t-shirt will go directly to them." - Vivienne Westwood

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