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.
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.
McCartney said Wilson was "an inspiration and force in fashion", adding: "No one will ever replace you because you were a true one off."
Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton has been awarded a CBE by the Queen during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
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.
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".
Designer Stella McCartney said she felt "really proud and really excited and honoured" as she arrived at Buckingham Palace to receive an OBE.
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 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.
Stella McCartney, who designed the kit for Britain's Olympians, has posted a picture of her before she heads to the Games.
She tweeted: "On my way to the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony! Excited and proud! Going for gold!"
British designer Stella McCartney has told ITV News that designing Team GB's Olympic kit was "a big responsibility", especially as a "born-and-bred Londoner".
Team GB Olympic kit designer Stella McCartney has told ITV News that "it's been a real team effort, a once in a lifetime opportunity".