Leading St Martins Course Director Dies
Known for her no-nonsence demeanor Prof Louise Wilson was labeled ‘highly influential’ and a ‘genius’ amongst key industry figures. She was appointed an OBE in 2008 for services to education and the fashion industry. Aged only 52, Wilson died in her sleep whilst on a visit at her sister’s in Scotland last Friday night (16th May).
Her sudden death has shocked the industry Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, wrote on Twitter: “Prof Louise Wilson, I can’t believe you have gone. You were much loved and respected. A legend and an inspiration. RIP”.
Prof Jeremy Till, head of the college, said she had “taught a huge proportion of the world’s leading fashion designers. Her commitment to her students and passion for creative excellence are legendary. Her deep understanding of fashion and her drive for funding for bursaries, facilities and opportunities are part of what made her such an extraordinary educator.”
Wilson was known for being an incredibly direct, witty and strong character which students would often find intimidating at first, but her passion and guidance would win them over as the course progressed, she was adamant in getting the very best out of her students and her dedication to education and the industry as a whole will be missed.
(Image of Louise Wilson courtesy of www.trendzine.net )