Punk icon Judy Blame has died, aged 58


Punk fashion icon Judy Blame has died at the age of 58.

Blame, born Chris Barnes in 1958, first came to prominence in 1980s London, where he became renowned for designs that were heavily influenced by his punk aesthetic and jewellery that was often made by chains and bones hand picked from the River Thames.

He was also known for his involvement with the New Romantic scene, and co-hosted his own club night at Heaven which was frequented by the likes of Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet.


Describing his own approach, he previously explained how he was inspired by the DIY ethos of punk.

“When we [Brits] haven’t got the money,” he previously said.

“We have to use our imagination. I used to go and scavenge around, the River Thames.”

Later in his career, he also collaborated with labels including Commes Des Garcons, as well as designing specialist pieces for the likes of Bjork and Kylie Minogue.

Boy George, who previously collaborated with Blame, led online tributes to him


“R.I.P to my friend Judy Blame who was beautiful, talented and arch as hell. Fashion has a huge void in it and London has lost a legend!”, he wrote.


Model Erin O’Connor added: “RIP Judy Blame. You were the real deal and so much more. Thanks for making the World a sharper and funnier place.. goodbye prince!