[T]ragic news brought us sombrely into the final day of fashion week, as another of our icons has died: Judy Blame, aged 58, the legendary accessories designer, art director and stylist has passed away. Born in 1960 in Leatherhead, Blame and his punk tendencies longed for something more, and ran away from home to Manchester at just 17.
Soon he became an avant-garde iconoclast, a key figure in the 80s club scene and a leading creative. Blame took on running Heaven’s notorious club night Cha-Chas as well as founding The House of Beauty and Culture collective in Dalston in 1985. Not only that, he was making a major impact on the fashion world with his punk jewellery, made from simplistic resources like chains and bones plucked from the Thames.
Judy Blame’s history is one full of insane collaborations, from John Galliano to Kim Jones, Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons to Kylie Minouge, Boy George to Juergen Teller, the list is as renowned as it is infinite. He wore fabulous hats, he created outlandish jewellery, he inspired artists of all generations, he turned trash into treasure. This tragic loss of an icon will leave us eternally grateful for his creative servitude to the worlds of fashion and art and beyond, so we look to the incredible number of tributes to Judy Blame across these worlds.