Mick Jagger has started a scholarship fund in the name of the late L’Wren Scott. The scholarship will honor Jagger’s late girlfriend, who was a fashion designer and self-taught seamstress.
Jagger’s scholarship will fund tuition and living expenses at London’s Central Saint Martins, a university for the arts, according to E! Online. One student in the M.A. in Fashion program will receive a three-year scholarship. The scholarship honors the fashion designer, who took her own life in March 2014.
Mick was shocked alongside the fashion world at his 49-year-old girlfriend’s death. He released a statement at the time expressing his loss.
“I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way. We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves.”
The scholarship will serve as a memory of the seamstress’ talents.
“She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me. 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.”
The Hollywood Reporter says that L’Wren never attended courses in fashion, as Mick’s girlfriend taught herself how to create clothing. At the British Fashion Awards, L’Wren met Louise Wilson, who served for 20 years as the fashion program’s director at Central Saint Martins. Scott was impressed with the “commitment to excellence and her dedication to fashion education” shown by the director.
The current course director of the fashion program, Fabio Piras, spoke with Women’s Wear Daily after Mick donated the scholarship.
“I am very grateful to receive this extremely generous scholarship package, gifted by Mick Jagger in L’Wren Scott’s name. Our students sacrifice much to take up this course and work extremely hard when they are here. I am proud of the fact that this course continues to be recognized as a major contributor to the future of the global fashion industry.”
At the time of L’Wren’s death, the Rolling Stones postponed a portion of their tour in Australia. The band members were concerned for Jagger, including Keith Richards, who officially released a message of support for Mick. Jagger’s girlfriend was found in her New York City apartment by her assistant. Jagger and L’Wren had dated for 13 years, and there was talk that Mick was considering purchasing a $10 million home in New York for the couple.
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