IN MEMORIAM: A memorial service for the late Prof. Louise Wilson will take place in February at St. Paul’s Cathedral, and in anticipation of the event, organizers are scouring the globe for alumni of the Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Course that she ran from 1992 to 2014. The invitation-only service will take place Friday, Feb. 20, the first day of London Fashion Week, at the same church where memorials for Lee Alexander McQueen and Vidal Sassoon were also held.
Wilson died of natural causes earlier this year, aged 52, and was honored during the British Fashion Awards ceremony on Dec. 1 with a show of looks created by some of her former pupils including Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou. The soundtrack to the short presentation featured the song “Remember Me,” by Diana Ross, and a voice-over by Samuel L. Jackson reciting some of Wilson’s stinging — and often foul-mouthed — turns of phrase.
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Famous for her colorful vocabulary, sense of drama and utter dedication to her pupils, Wilson helped to identify and sharpen the talents of designers including Kane, Katrantzou, McQueen, Sophia Kokosalaki and Richard Nicoll. The fashion department at Central Saint Martins is seeking to establish contact with her former students, and wants them to register their contact details at Memorial@tcs-uk.net.