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Industry pays tribute to Malcolm McLaren

Designer Vivienne Westwood has led the tributes to her former partner Malcolm McLaren, the designer turned music manager who died of cancer yesterday aged 64.

Dame Vivienne Westwood told The Telegraph McLaren was: “a very charismatic, special and talented person”.

She added: “”When we were young and I fell in love with Malcolm, I thought he was beautiful and I still do. The thought of him dead is really something very sad. We hadn’t been in touch for a long time.”

McLaren and Westwood are widely credited with founding the punk movement in the 1970s. They set up the fashion indie Let it Rock on Kings Road, London in 1971. The store was later renamed Sex and sold S&M clothing that proved popular with punks.

McLaren was a successful fashion designer in the 1970s and made clothing for the store as well as costumes for film and theatre.

The couple’s son, Joe Corré, who founded lingerie retailer Agent Provocateur and owns London indie A Child of the Jago, said: “He was the original punk rocker and revolutionised the world. He’s somebody I’m incredibly proud of. He’s a real beacon of a man for people to look up to.”

McLaren later went on to manage punk band The Sex Pistols.

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