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."