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Tributes for Professor Louise Wilson continue to pour in from her former students and friends. She died in her sleep on Friday night, aged 52, having recently been ill with breast cancer.
Wilson had been Course Director of the MA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins since 1992, teaching and supporting a roster of students who have since gone on to become some of London’s most significant fashion designers.
A great number of established London designers passed through her hands on the course at Central Saint Martins including Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane, Roksanda Ilincic and Mary Katrantzou, to name but a few. She can be credited for discovering new talent, helping her students launch their careers in fashion. Her influence reached beyond the boundaries of London as many young designers proceeded to make a name for themselves on an international level, Alexander McQueen perhaps being the most emblematic.
With many key fashion figures from London and beyond stepping forward with touching anecdotes relating to Louise Wilson, the tributes not only highlight the influential role she had on young designers but also emphasise that behind the intimidating façade was a kind, much appreciated person.
Louise Wilson undoubtedly played a decisive role in giving London its name as a respected fashion capital. Individuals with such an influential role are few and far between; London, not to mention the fashion scene as a whole, has lost one of its great mentors.