Fashion industry leaders, models and music stars have paid tribute to late fashion star Judy Blame, who has died at the age of 58.
Officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) confirmed on Tuesday morning (20Feb18) that the multi-talented designer and stylist passed away during the night.
Born Chris Barnes in 1960, Blame ran away to London at the age of 17 and quickly immersed himself in the club and punk scene of the time, and later worked as an art director and stylist at magazines such as The Face and i-D throughout the ’80s and ’90s.
In addition to collaborating with John Galliano and Louis Vuitton, Blame also worked as a stylist for Neneh Cherry, Bjork, Kylie Minogue and Boy George, with the Culture Club singer leading tributes.
“R.I.P. to my friend Judy Blame who was beautiful, talented and arch as hell,” he wrote alongside two black and white snaps of Blame uploaded onto his Twitter page. “Fashion has a huge void in it and London has lost a legend!”
Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp stated, “So sad to hear that the magnificent Judy Blame has left us,” while English musician Goldie added, “Rest in peace to the legend #judyblame so so sad love for all you inspired.”
Members of the fashion community have also paid their respects to the designer.
Vogue U.K. editor-in-chief Edward Enninful shared a photo on Twitter of Blame in his younger years wearing a chunky silver necklace.
“R.I.P. my dear Judy. I will always remember our house on Mortimer Road, fun days at @i_d, your kind heart, unparalleled creativity and how you pushed me to be the editor I am today, I will miss you always xoxo,” he captioned the snap.
While model Erin O’Connor took to her Instagram page to upload a photo of Blame sporting a bandana on his head, with the caption, “You were the real deal and so much more. Thanks for making the World a sharper and funnier place. goodbye prince (sic)!”
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