It was announced on Saturday that Louise Wilson, the legendary fashion professor who shaped the careers some of London’s most successful designers, has passed away at the age of 52.
Professor Jeremy Till, head of Central Saint Martins College where she taught, described her as an “inspirational” figure. “Her commitment to her students and passion for creative excellence are legendary,” he continued.
Known for her razor-sharp tongue and instinct, Wilson rejoined the prestigious college as MA course director in 1999 and became instrumental in cementing CSM’s reputation as one of the world’s foremost fashion design institutions. The list of her alumni reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the British fashion industry – Christopher Kane, Roksanda Ilincic, Mary Katrantzou, Richard Nicoll, Jonathan Saunders and Stella McCartney all benefited from her exacting eye.
Tributes poured in for Wilson following the announcement of her death. Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council Caroline Rush tweeted, “I can’t believe you have gone. You were much loved and respected. A legend and an inspiration.” Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman told vogue.co.uk that Wilson had “played a remarkable role in making the British fashion scene as successful and relevant as it is today.” Not bad for somebody who told The Telegraph in 2012 that, “my hobbies are listed as eating, sleeping and voicing one’s opinion.”