L'Wren Scott Dies at 49; Look Back at Her Most Memorable Dresses on Stars Including Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker and More

03/17/2014 at 02:52 PM ET

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Until her untimely death Monday, L’Wren Scott had only been designing her eponymous clothing line for eight years — but her impact on the world of celebrity fashion rivaled that of designers who had been on the scene for decades. Since launching her “Little Black Dress” collection in 2006, the designer, 49, had seen her dresses worn to the Oscars, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, major premieres and state dinners by women as varied as Michelle Obama, Kim Kardashian and Olivia Wilde. Scott was found dead in her apartment March 17 of an apparent suicide, but left behind a legacy that includes her dresses, shoes and handbags; lines for Banana Republic, Lancôme, Bobbi Brown and Caudalie; and of course, some truly beautiful red carpet moments. Below, we look at just a few of our favorites.

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Nicole Kidman was one of Scott’s earliest fans — as a tall, slim woman like Scott (a 6-ft-3 former model-turned-celebrity stylist-turned designer) Kidman perfectly fit into the line’s famous “headmistress dress” and sexy, square-necked sheaths. The actress wore L’Wren Scott to the Oscars, to film premieres, to Cannes and to Jimmy Kimmel Live, but our favorite dress was this romantic deep pink gown she wore to the CMA awards, which offset her statuesque figure and flaming red locks perfectly.

And Kidman wasn’t the only one to dazzle in sparkling L’Wren Scott at the Oscars. Amy Adams and Penélope Cruz (another L’Wren Scott loyalist) both selected the designer for their 2011 Oscars red carpet looks, and both landed on our Best Dressed list. Though Adams’s striking navy column (offset with megawatt emerald jewelry) was unforgettable, it was Cruz’s killer figure just weeks after having a baby — showcased to perfection in her plunging, sizzling L’Wren Scott gown — which got people talking.

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Sarah Jessica Parker was another Scott pal and longtime fan of her designs, even honoring her with the “Fashion Oracle Award” at a 2012 Fashion Guild Awards event (and crediting her with making “women’s derrières look finer than almost anyone else in her business”). That night, she wore a striped dress and matching jacket and was all smiles with her friend (top photo). (Adorably, Scott also made her the custom lace mouse ears she wore to launch the Disney-themed windows at Barneys in 2012.)

Jennifer Lopez was just one of many stars to wear Scott’s signature “headmistress dress” style, a fitted, severely sexy sheath, often with detailing at the cuffs and collar (other fans included Kidman, Ellen Barkin and Madonna). Scott would send variations on the look down the runway every season, telling The Daily Beast, “The precision is intentional, and that’s what shows should be about … These clothes are all about the body and they work in every city.”

And finally, Christina Hendricks was another major supporter of the brand, turning to Scott’s figure-flattering designs time and time again (including the 2009 Emmys, pictured). “L’Wren’s clothes make you feel like a sexy pin-up, a sophisticated lady and a rockstar all at once,” she told the UK’s Telegraph. “She designs for how women want to look and for what men want to look at.”

What was your favorite L’Wren Scott look? Tell us in the comments.

–Alex Apatoff

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Ctgal on

NYC is depressing -If she was living in Palm Beach this would of never have happened.

Guest on

Its sad that she took her life. As for her designs…blah!Not my taste that’s for sure.

Hotgal on

This just goes to show that not all that glitters is golden. She wass amongt those supposedly living a charmed life, yet she bowed out early. js

Kristina on

My heart goes out to Mick Jagger. :(

RR on

This makes me very sad. What a tall, odd beauty, what talent, what a life story, what a tragic end. RIP.

stew on

None of the dresses are particularly flattering. Too bad she quit so soon. She almost had it right.

Guest on

I loved her designs. I could never afford them but they were gorgeous. Too bad that this seems to be over a money issue.

Txfashionista on

I heard on Entertainment Tonight that she called her assistant and asked her to come to her apartment. When the assistant got there she found her dead. Taking your own life is selfish in and of itself, but to scar a person for the rest of their life because she needed to be found? Good god! What a horrible thing to do to someone.

Marina on

Loved her designs and love, love, love her dresses! Such a shame. Heartbreaking for all who knew and loved her, I have no doubt.

Karen on

OK so she waits for Mick to go across the world her step daughter as well she knew full well this meant a lot to them to come to Australia then calls her personal assistant to come find her body and have to deal with the trauma for the rest of there life!! COME ON she is a SELFISH COW!!!! She knew this would cause major trauma and they would have to cancel there performances. Get real people and say what you really think and not saying!

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