Though not a household name, L’Wren Scott dressed fashion’s A-list.
First lady Michelle Obama wore a raspberry-colored design by Scott with peacock-blue kitten heels on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in November 2010. Amy Adams wore a cap-sleeve sparkling sapphire gown by Scott to the 2011 Academy Awards. Rumors circulated in fall 2012 that Angelina Jolie would wear a wedding gown designed by Scott.
But Scott was best known for her way with a black dress, the basis of her first women’s collection in 2006. It included the head-turning "Headmistress" dress worn by Madonna and tweaked in Scott’s successive collections.
Andre Leon Talley, Vogue editor at large, chose to include one of Scott’s designs in his definitive monograph "The Little Black Dress" (Skira Rizzoli, $50), published in conjunction with the exhibit of the same name, staged in fall 2012 at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Museum of Art in Savannah, Ga.
"As a woman, a little black dress means a clear point of view,” Scott said in a contribution to the book. “As a designer, it means business and what every woman needs. It represents what every woman wants: confidence."
In 2010, Nicole Kidman drew Bond Girl comparisons when she shimmied into a black wool mini-dress by Scott for the Academy of Country Music awards. Christina Hendricks wore a jade green Scott dress to the Peace Over Violence Humanitarian Awards in 2012. Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon, Claire Danes, Oprah Winfrey, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Penelope Cruz and Sandra Bullock have worn Scott’s work.
In 2009, Scott contributed designs for Madonna to wear in her photo shoot for W Magazine. In 2011, Scott styled actress Julia Roberts for another W shoot, alongside Tom Hanks.
Scott also contributed costumes for such films as “Diabolique” (1996), “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Eyes Wide Shut” and “Shine a Light,” a Martin Scorsese documentary about The Rolling Stones.
This past holiday season, Scott collaborated on a women’s collection with Banana Republic. In 2010, she worked with Lancôme on a holiday makeup collection featuring a lipstick in her signature wine color.
She created her “Lula” handbag collection in May 2011, launched with a personal apperaance at Barneys New York and said to be named after her mother.
In February she announced she had canceled her London Fashion Week show.
—Wendy Donahue and wire reportsCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun