L'Wren Scott

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L'Wren Scott
Born Laura Bambrough (named by adoptive parents)
(1964-04-28)April 28, 1964
Died March 17, 2014(2014-03-17) (aged 49)
New York, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
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,[1][2] was an American fashion designer, costume designer and model.[3] Previously a celebrity stylist, Scott's fashion design following included a clientele of high profile actors and politicians.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

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".[3][5][6] 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).[3]


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.[7]


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.[4]

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[8] 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.[9]


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,[10] 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,[11] Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Naomi Campbell, Reese Witherspoon, Christina Hendricks, Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock and Uma Thurman.[12]

In 2010, Scott collaborated with Lancôme to create a capsule collection for the 2010 holiday season[13] 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.[14] The line was launched at Barneys New York, with a personal appearance by Scott.[15][16]

Scott collaborated with Banana Republic with an exclusive holiday collection including apparel and accessories for women.[17]

In February 2014, the London Fashion Week showing of her fall 2014 collection was canceled.[18][19][20]


Scott was found dead by her assistant at her apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan, around 10 a.m. on March 17, 2014 when she discovered 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.[21][22][23][24]

She left her entire estate, estimated at about US$9 million, to her longtime boyfriend, Mick Jagger.[25]

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.[26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Notice of death of L'Wren Scott, Reuters.com; accessed March 17, 2014.
  2. ^ Notice of death of L'Wren Scott, mtv.com; accessed March 17, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Picardie, Justine (October 29, 2005). "L'Wren Scott: 'I've never met a woman who thinks she's got a good enough figure'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Wilson, Eric (December 12, 2012). "L'Wren Scott: Fashion, Mick Jagger and Now a Fragrance". T Magazine. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Rise and Rise of L'Wren Scott". The Daily Beast. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Obituary: Ivan J. Bambrough". Deseret News. February 26, 2002. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ "L'Wren Scott Profile". Vogue.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks star in a new dramedy Larry Crowne". W Magazine. June 1, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ Merle Ginsberg (March 18, 2009). "The Rise and Rise of L'Wren Scott". The Daily Beast. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Nicole Kidman chooses L'Wren Scott for London premiere". Graziadaily.co.uk. December 11, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Mrs. O - Follow the Fashion and Style of First Lady Michelle Obama". Mrs. O. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ Schwiegershausen, Erica (March 18, 2012). "Looking Back: L'Wren Scott Dresses Made Celebrities Shine". nymag.com. New York Magazine. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  13. ^ Larkworthy, Jane (November 2010). "J’adore: L'Wren Scott's Obsessions". Wmagazine.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ L'Wren Scott introduces Lula, her first full-sized bag, style.com; June 2011; accessed March 17, 2014.
  15. ^ Norwich, William (June 9, 2011). "A Day in the Life of L'Wren Scott". Vogue.com. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  16. ^ "L'Wren Scott from Utah girl to Fashion Icon". Daily E News. February 20, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  17. ^ L'Wren Scott collaboration with Banana Republic, fashion.telegraph.co.uk; accessed January 28, 2014.
  18. ^ L'Wren Scott fashion showing canceled, fashion.telegraph.co.uk; February 11, 2014; accessed March 17, 2014.
  19. ^ L'Wren Scott found dead, latimes.com; March 17, 2014; accessed March 17, 2014.
  20. ^ L'Wren Scott found dead in Chelsea apartment, newyork.cbslocal.com, March 17, 2014; accessed March 17, 2014.
  21. ^ "Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott found dead". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  22. ^ Fashion/costume designer L'Wren Scott found dead, foxnews.com; March 17, 2014; accessed March 17, 2014.
  23. ^ Obituary for designer L'Wren Scott, CNN.com; accessed March 17, 2014.
  24. ^ Mick Jagger says goodbye to L'Wren Scott at private Hollywood funeral, CNN.com; accessed March 26, 2014.
  25. ^ Staff (March 26, 2014). "L'Wren Scott leaves entire estate to Mick Jagger". Chron.com. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  26. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/lwren-scotts-sister-praises-mick-3300229

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