|Born||Laura Bambrough (named by adoptive parents)
April 28, 1964
|Died||March 17, 2014
New York, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Fashion designer, costume designer, model|
|Home town||Roy, Utah, U.S.|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Partner(s)||Mick Jagger (2001–2014, her death)|
Laura Bambrough (April 28, 1964 – March 17, 2014), known professionally as L'Wren Scott, was an American fashion designer, costume designer and model. Previously a celebrity stylist, Scott's fashion design following included a clientele of high profile actors and politicians.
Early life and education
Scott was named Laura Bambrough by her Mormon adoptive parents, Ivan and Lula Bambrough, who raised her in Roy, Utah, with two siblings, Jan and Randall, also adoptees. Laura was soon nicknamed "Luann". Known for her tall frame, she had already reached 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) in height by the age of twelve, and would eventually grow to 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m).
At the suggestion of photographer Bruce Weber who spotted Scott at a Calvin Klein photo shoot, she left Utah after graduating from high school for Paris to pursue a career as a model. In Paris, she went on to work for Thierry Mugler and Chanel as well as model for photographers as Guy Bourdin, David Bailey and Jean-Paul Goude.
Scott moved to California in the early 1990s and established herself as a stylist, initially in collaboration with photographer Herb Ritts, and later with Helmut Newton, Karl Lagerfeld and Mario Sorrenti. One of her early assignments was an ad campaign for Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds, eventually the world's top-selling celebrity fragrance.
In 2009, she contributed designs for Madonna to wear in her photo shoot with model Jesus Luz for W Magazine and in 2011, Scott styled actress Julia Roberts for a W Magazine shoot, alongside Tom Hanks. She designed costumes for such films as Diabolique (1996 remake), Ocean's Thirteen, Eyes Wide Shut, as well as Shine a Light, a documentary by Martin Scorsese about The Rolling Stones, with Mick Jagger, with whom she had been romantically linked since 2001.
Scott's first collection as a clothing designer was called "Little Black Dress", launched in 2006. The collection presented an array of black dresses, including her now famous "Headmistress" dress worn by Madonna. Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz and Amy Adams have all worn Scott's dresses to the Academy Awards. Other celebrities who have worn Scott's designs include Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Naomi Campbell, Reese Witherspoon, Christina Hendricks, Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock and Uma Thurman.
In 2010, Scott collaborated with Lancôme to create a capsule collection for the 2010 holiday season featuring a lipstick in Scott's signature bordeaux color. The campaign was shot by photographer Mario Testino and featured model Daria Werbowy wearing an outfit designed by Scott. May 2011 saw the launch of Scott's first collection of handbags, named "Lula" after her mother. The line was launched at Barneys New York, with a personal appearance by Scott.
Scott was found dead by her assistant at her apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan, around 10 a.m. on March 17, 2014 when she found L'Wren hanging by the door handle with a scarf wound around her neck. The police reported that no note was found and there was no sign of foul play. The New York City Chief Medical Examiner determined Scott's manner and cause of death to be suicide by hanging. She was 49.
Scott's funeral service was held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. The event was organized by Jagger and Scott's brother Randall Bamborough. After the service, her body was cremated. Some of the ashes were given to Scott's sister, Jan Shane, who plans to bury them next to her adoptive parents, Ivan and Lula Bamborough, near the family home in Ogden, Utah.
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