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Fashion design icon Professor Louise Wilson dies

Professor Louise Wilson, who was a long-serving course director at Central Saint Martins at University of the Arts London, has died at the age of 52.

Professor Louise Wilson receiving her OBE from The Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2008 Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Wilson had been credited with helping to shape the careers of lauded British designers Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, and was recognised for her influence on fashion by receiving an OBE in 2008.

Louise Wilson at an awards ceremony in 2012 Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

McCartney said Wilson was "an inspiration and force in fashion", adding: "No one will ever replace you because you were a true one off."

Outstanding new looks at London Fashion Week

From the Pam Hogg show, held at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout show space Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment
Stella McCartney snaps a model performing at Adidas by Stella McCartney Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images
A model in the Simone Rocha spring/summer show Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Lederhosen-clad models at the Pam Hogg show Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment


Pendleton and McCartney receive their honours

Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton has been awarded a CBE by the Queen during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Cyclist Victoria Pendleton receiving her CBE from the Queen today. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Pendleton retired after the London 2012, but her haul of titles stands at two Olympic gold medals, nine golds from the World Championships and podium-topping results in the Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

Designer Stella McCartney also received an honour today - an OBE for services to fashion.

Designer Stella McCartney receiving her OBE from the Queen. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

McCartney, who designed Team GB's kit for the London 2012 Olympics, said before the ceremony she felt "really proud and really excited and honoured".

Stella McCartney 'excited' ahead of OBE ceremony

Designer Stella McCartney said she felt "really proud and really excited and honoured" as she arrived at Buckingham Palace to receive an OBE.

Fashion designer Stella McCartney arrives at Buckingham Palace with husband Alasdhair Willis. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

McCartney, who arrived with her husband Alasdhair Willis, was wearing one of her own creations - a blue fitted suit with a pencil skirt.

Stella McCartney to receive OBE honour

Designer Stella McCartney will receive an OBE later today. Credit: Hubert Boesl/DPA/Press Association Images

Stella McCartney will receive an OBE later today for services to fashion.

McCartney, who designed Team GB's kit for the London 2012 Olympics, will receive her award alongside cyclist Victoria Pendleton, who will be handed a CBE, triathlete Alistair Brownlee and sprinter Jonnie Peacock, who will both be given MBEs.


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