Bella Hadid and Marc Jacobs lead tributes to Dame Vivienne Westwood

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Bella Hadid and Marc Jacobs have paid tribute to fashion icon Vivienne Westwood following her death.

The designer, activist, and punk pioneer passed away in her London home on Thursday aged 81, prompting an outpouring of tributes from the world of fashion.

Hadid shared photos of her working with Westwood at a catwalk show on Instagram and described the fashion icon as the "Queen of punk" and "the sun" in the industry.

"From the first day I met you to the last day I saw you, you made me smile , listen, learn and love more than the day before," she continued. "To the coolest, most fun, incredible, humble, creative, badass, intelligent, f**king EPIC human being that has walked this earth... my inspiration and idol in all things ... rest in love and Rest In Peace...I will miss you (sic)."

Jacobs told his Instagram followers he was "heartbroken" by his fellow designer's passing and wrote, "You did it first. always. incredible style with brilliant and meaningful substance. I continue to learn from your words, and, all of your extraordinary creations. I will always remember the night we bonded over our mutual love for Yves Saint Laurent. You never failed to surprise and to shock. I am grateful for the moments I got to share with you and (Westwood's husband) Andreas."

Meanwhile, singer-turned-designer Victoria Beckham wrote that she was "so sad" to learn of Westwood's death, Zac Posen called her "a brilliant original who changed the world of fashion and culture," and supermodel Claudia Schiffer described Westwood a "genius" whose unique voice "is irreplaceable and will be missed".