Joseph Corré

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Joseph Corré
Born Joseph Ferdinand Corré
30 November 1967 (1967-11-30) (age 50)
Clapham, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1994–present
Known for Founder of Agent Provocateur
Spouse(s) Serena Rees (divorced)
Children 1
Parent(s) Malcolm McLaren (father) (deceased)
Dame Vivienne Westwood (mother)

Joseph Ferdinand Corré (born 30 November 1967)[1] is a British activist and businessman, who co-founded Agent Provocateur in 1994.

Early years[edit]

Corré was born in Clapham, south London, the son of British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood and fashion and music business maverick – as one time manager of Sex PistolsMalcolm McLaren.

Corré's surname, which was not adopted but given at birth, derives from his father's maternal grandmother, a Sephardic Jew from Portugal.[2] As a child, he wore his mother's designs and regards the Sex Pistols as his favourite band, despite a poor relationship with frontman/singer John Lydon.[2]

Agent Provocateur[edit]

Agent Provocateur was established in 1994 after Serena Rees, Corre's wife and co-founder, grew tired of seeing drab undergarments.[3] The couple opened a shop in which they originally sold other designers' pieces. Corré had no desire to design lingerie but, after not finding enough of the type they wished to sell, decided to create their own lingerie line. Since then, the company has expanded to 30 stores in 14 countries.[citation needed]

After Rees left Corré for ex-Clash bassist Paul Simonon in 2007, in the same year the to-be divorced couple agreed to sell Agent Provocateur to private equity house 3i for £60m.[3]

Rejection of MBE award[edit]

In June 2007, Corré was awarded the MBE for his services to the fashion industry in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. He rejected the honour in protest of outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair's actions regarding Iraq.[4]

A Child of the Jago[edit]

In 2008 Corré funded the opening of the independent boutique "A Child of the Jago", named after the 19th century novel by Arthur Morrison. The venture was a partnership with British street-wear fashion entrepreneur Simon "Barnzley" Armitage, modelled on the retail outlets run by Corré's parents in the 1970s/80s.[5] Armitage left the business in 2013[6] and is no longer referenced in the company's history.[6]


In 2010 Corré was recruited to "edgy" British cosmetics company Illamasqua as brand director by founder Julian Kynaston.[7] The company has an expanding chain of outlets in the UK and an international presence.[8]

Relationship with father[edit]

On McLaren's death in a Swiss medical centre from a rare form of cancer in April 2010, Corré said: "It was hard for me because he never wanted to do the emotional stuff that comes with being a parent. He ran away from it and I found that hard to take. We had a difficult relationship, but it was all right in the end. I went to Switzerland and we said what we had to say and we made our peace. I'm really glad I did that. It was such a release for both of us.[9]

Corré organised his father's funeral, at which McLaren was buried in a coffin sprayed with the slogan "Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die" (the title of one of his shops). The ceremony was attended by celebrities including Bob Geldof and Tracey Emin, and accompanied by a public procession to punk songs, including the Sid Vicious version of "My Way".[10] In 2012 probate was granted to Kim by McLaren's will, which Corré had contested because he was excluded from it.[11]

Ownership of father's domain name[edit]

Corré is registered as the administrative officer of[12] In 2012 he bought the domain name from a Paul August Nordstrom of Singapore for $750; August had worked for McLaren and in 1997 registered the domain to himself without McLaren's knowledge.[13] August – who said in 2013 he could "no longer recall specifically why he placed his own name as registrant[13] " – had previously refused to pass the domain to the Malcolm McLaren Estate.[14]


Prior to the 2015 general election, he was one of several celebrities who endorsed the parliamentary candidacy of the Green Party's Caroline Lucas.[15]

2016 protest[edit]

In November 2016 in a staged protest to encourage use of renewable energy, Corré and Vivienne Westwood burned six million worth of his punk rock memorabilia archive on a barge on the River Thames. When asked about the incident by The Sunday Telegraph, "Did this feel like burning a Picasso?", Corré replied "I don’t know what burning a Picasso feels like," adding, "but I thought that was great. Punk rock is not important. Punk has become another marketing tool to sell you something you don’t need."[16]

Musician Henry Rollins wrote in response to the incident, "Corré and Westwood might think they have taught everyone a lesson in what punk’s all about, but all they did was show off their massive egos and how much they’ve lost the plot. Maybe it was something else, too. Perhaps it was an emotional response to the fact that McLaren cut Corré out of his will. It doesn’t matter now. It’s yesterday’s garbage. Ooh, how punk."[17]


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  2. ^ a b "Joe Corré and Serena Rees: Sex and the City". The Independent. London. 29 July 2002. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Attwood, Karen (16 November 2007). "Agent Provocateur sold to private equity firm 3i for £60m". The Independent. London. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Hamilton, Alan (21 June 2007). "Lingerie boss rejects MBE because Blair 'is morally corrupt'". Times Online. London. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Haj-Najafi, Daryoush (6 August 2008). "Now Window Shopping | Child of the Jago". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ a b "Simon Barnzley Armitage". LinkedIn. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Anna Chesters. "A brief history of Illamasqua | Fashion". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Illamasqua grows North American presence". 9 August 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Malcolm McLaren, my revolutionary, chaotic, brilliant, messed-up father | Music | The Observer". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
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  11. ^ "Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren cuts son out of will". London: Telegraph. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Malcolm McLaren R.I.P." Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Registrar and Disputed Domain Name". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Staff (15 May 2013). "Waltz darling! Malcolm McLaren's .com is a posthumous UDRP drama". DomainGang. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  15. ^ Elgot, Jessica (24 April 2015). "Celebrities sign statement of support for Caroline Lucas – but not the Greens". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  16. ^ Leitch, Luke (November 28, 2016). "Anarchy in the U.K.: Vivienne Westwood's Son Joe Corré Burns $6 Million of His Punk Archive in London". Vogue. 
  17. ^ "Henry Rollins: Burning Punk-Rock Artifacts Is Not Punk Rock". LA Weekly. December 8, 2016. 

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