Fashion's Louise Wilson dies at 52

An ''inspirational'' figure in the world of fashion has died.

Professor Louise Wilson was credited with helping shape the careers of Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney
Professor Louise Wilson was credited with helping shape the careers of Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney

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

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

Ms Wilson, who leaves a partner Timmi and son TJ, was also recently included on a list of 125 of the most ''intelligent, empowered and inspirational'' women to celebrate venerable publication The Lady's 125th year.

In a statement, the college said: ''Louise has been an inspirational person both within the college and the wider world of fashion.

''Since becoming course director for MA Fashion in 1992 she has taught a huge proportion of the world's leading fashion designers and her course continues to produce talented ground-breaking graduates.

''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.

''Louise's legacy will live on at CSM through her former students and current teaching colleagues who were so close to her.

Central Saint Martins is grateful to have been able to enjoy the fruits of Louise's great talent for educating for the last 22 years and will support her staff and students as they go forward from here.''

Esteemed designer McCartney was among those paying tribute to the tutor, described by many as ''legendary''.

Writing on Twitter, McCartney said: ''What an inspiration and force in fashion. I send my deep sympathy to your family.

''No one will ever replace you because you were a true one off. Louise we will all miss you r.i.p xx stella''

Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, added: ''Prof Louise Wilson, I can't believe you have gone. You were much loved and respected. A legend and an inspiration. RIP''