Mick Jagger is offering a scholarship program in memory of his late girlfriend L’Wren Scott at Central Saint Martins. Scott committed suicide in March 2014, aged 49. She had been in a relationship with Jagger since 2001.
“Scott, who died in 2014, and professor Louise Wilson, the late course director of the MA program, who also passed away last year, had met at the British Fashion Awards,” reports WWD. “Scott was ‘impressed with Louise’s commitment to excellence and her dedication to fashion education.'”
The scholarship was Scott’s idea prior to her death. Though she was not herself a student of the prestigious Central Saint Martins MA course, many well-known designers, including Phoebe Philo, Stella McCartney and Christopher Kane, have been. The school is regarded as one of the best fashion degrees in the world.
The British footwear designer also studied at Cordwainers, a popular choice for many big shoe names, including Jimmy Choo, Charlotte Olympia Dellal, Rupert Sanderson and Sophia Webster.
Jagger will begin the L’Wren program in October 2015. The scholarship will cover one MA student’s fees for a year plus a donation towards their living expenses for three years.
“I am very grateful to receive this extremely generous scholarship package. Our students sacrifice much to take up this course and work extremely hard while they are here. I am very proud of the fact that this course, through its alumni, continues to be recognized as a major contributor to the future of the global fashion industry,” Fabio Piras, the school’s M.A. fashion course director, said in a statement.
Born Luann Bambrough, Scott was raised in Utah by her adoptive parents. She started off her fashion career as a model - she was noted for her 6ft 3″ frame - before becoming a stylist and finally starting her own New York-based label in 2006.
At the time of her suicide, Mick said he was struggling to understand how L’Wren could end her life the way she did. Jagger said they spend many wonderful years together and made a great life for themselves. “She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me,” he Jagger. “I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received. I will never forget her.”
Jagger continued the scholarship that was inspired by a meeting between Scott and Louise Wilson, who served as the university’s M.A. course director for two decades, after they met at the British Fashion Awards.