Kanye, Don’t Clap.

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Kanye on his relationship with the late CSM tutor, Louise Wilson:

“I went to Louise Wilson’s memorial, the greatest fashion instructor of all time, and I’m talking about of all timers,” he told Lowe. “So Louise Wilson was the baddest professor of all time of any fashion school ever, notorious for not letting people stop at a seven or eight, pushing people to a 12.”

West lists Wilson’s proteges – Phoebe Philo, Alexander McQueen, Alber Elbaz, Christopher Kane – as designers who pushed themselves to a 12. But the professor also gave him some life advice.

“The last time I saw her, we had a dinner at Hakkasan which is my favorite restaurant in London,” he tells Lowe. “I think she knew she was going to pass and she just wanted to give me some words of advice going forward. She was asking me about my daughter, my wife, and she said, ‘So many students, they don’t give it their all, and the problem is, as soon as they do anything halfway good when they’re two years old, three years old, their parents clap.’ And she just looked at me and she said, ‘Kanye, don’t clap.’


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