L’Wren Scott dead: ‘I am a fashion designer, I don’t want to be known as Mick Jagger's girlfriend’

The achievements of the late designer, who was found dead yesterday, have been largely overshadowed in reports

What would L’Wren Scott have made of being referred to as Mick Jagger’s girlfriend first, and a fashion designer second?

The 6ft 3in former model, who has dressed some of the world's best known people - including Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama - was found by her assistant in her Manhattan apartment at around 10.05am yesterday morning. She had reportedly committed suicide.

Reports of her tragic death spread quickly, gathering pace on Twitter as social media outlets rushed to break the story first.

And yet almost all of them did so by referencing her connection to the Rolling Stones frontman (Radio 2 omitted using her name in its report entirely), who was on tour with the band in Australia at the time, as her primary means of identification.

"I'm a fashion designer. I don't want to be defined as someone's girlfriend," she told The Times last year.

 

"You always wonder if people will pay attention to the hard work that goes into what you do."

Many of her supporters took to the micro blogging site to criticise the lack of credit given to the late designer by news sources:




Similarly, prominent female journalists Clare Balding, Alice Arnold and Rachel Johnson have all tweeted their disapproval at the way Scott's death has been reported.

Scott, 49, had managed to craft a successful career after being adopted by Mormon parents in Utah.

After she graduated from high school, she was flown to Paris to work as a model for Chanel and appear in a campaign shot by renowned fashion photographer David Bailey. It was during this time that she changed her name from Luann Bambrough to L'Wren Scott.

During the early 90s, she built up a reputation working as a stylist on photoshoots, working on huge fashion and beauty campaigns and contributing costumes to films, including Eyes Wide Shut and Ocean's Thirteen.

She came out with her first own-label collection, Little Black Dress, in 2006 - five years after she started dating 70-year-old Jagger - and worked on a Martin Scorsese documentary about the Rolling Stones in 2008.

Footage from L'Wren Scott's SW14 show Video courtesy of British Fashion Council

Scott went on to dress some of the best known stars in the world for events like the Oscars and the Golden Globes and was rumoured to be designing Angelina Jolie's wedding gown.

At the time of her death, she had just launched a more affordable line of women's fashion with Banana Republic and a beauty collaboration with Bobbi Brown.

She was also thought to be in millions of pounds of debt through her own label. It was thought that her financial struggles were partly to blame for the cancellation of her most recent show date at London Fashion Week. And yet, according to reports, she refused to take money from her partner.

Since her body was discovered, tributes have continued to pour in. One of the first to take to Twitter was Jagger's ex-wife, Bianca Jagger.

"Heartbroken to learn of the loss of the lovely and talented L'Wren Scott. My thoughts and prayers are with her family," she wrote. "May she rest in peace."

Others include her friends in Duran Duran, actresses Olivia Munn and Emmy Rossum, fashion designer Marc Jacobs and Michelle Obama.

A spokesperson for Mick Jagger said that he was "shocked and devastated" by the news. He is currently thought to be travelling back from Australia with his model daughter Georgia May Jagger, who cancelled her recent appearance at an Australian Fashion Festival to be with her grieving father.

Read More: The Fashion World Pays Tribute To L'Wren Scott
Rolling Stones Cancel Australian Concert After Scott's Death
L'Wren Scott 'Found Hanged' In Her Manhattan Apartment
L'Wren Scott was not just a famous man's girlfriend
 
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: HR and Payroll Manager

£35000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This dynamic outsourced contact...

Recruitment Genius: Production & Quality Control Assistant

£19000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An excellent opportunity for a ...

Ashdown Group: Group HR Advisor - Kettering - £32,000

£28000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Group HR Advisor with an established...

Guru Careers: HR Manager / HR Generalist

£40 - 50k (DOE) + Bonus: Guru Careers: We are seeking a HR Manager / HR Genera...

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
11 best bedside tables

11 best bedside tables

It could be the first thing you see in the morning, so make it work for you. We find night stands, tables and cabinets to wake up to
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?

Italy vs England player ratings

Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

An underdog's tale of making the most of it

Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat