Designer L’Wren Scott, 49, was found dead in her New York City apartment this morning in an apparent suicide. The former model, and current partner of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, was reportedly found hanged, her body discovered by her assistant at 10am.

A spokesman for Jagger, who has just arrived in Australia on tour, said that the singer was “completely shocked and devastated by the news.”

Born Luann Bambrough, Scott created couture collections, alongside designing and consulting for the costumes on a number of major Hollywood productions. Her career began as a model however, as at 17 years old she was spotted by photographer Bruce Weber, who cast her in a Calvin Klein advert. Following that she moved to Paris, changed her name, and began modelling in earnest.

She retired from modelling in 1994, citing frustration at being objectified as a model, and being told that at 6ft 3in she was too tall for runway modelling. She moved to California and began working as a stylist with photographer Herb Ritts, which is supposedly how she met Jagger.

She worked on costumes for Kubrick’s 1999 Eyes Wide Shut, 2007’s Ocean’s Thirteen, and Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese’s 2008 Rolling Stones documentary. She launched her own first collection in 2006, and has since styled a number of high profile celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman.

Her relationship with Jagger, who was 21 years older than her, began in 2001. The pair never married, though were frequently rumoured to be on the verge of doing so. She had to field accusations of being a Yoko Ono-style influence on Jagger, disapproving of his rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, something that the two dismissed in interviews.

Whatever the circumstances of her death are revealed to be, Scott will no doubt be remembered fondly for her extensive and highly regarded designs.

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