The Queen of Disco known for defining dance music in the 70s through her soaring voice passed away after a battle with cancer kept private by those close to her.
Speaking of a hit list that includes I Feel Love, Love to Love You Baby and Working the Midnight Shift, Elton John said Summer's records 'sound as good today as they ever did'. Adding, 'that she has never been indicted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace especially when I see the second-rate talent that has been inducted'.
As well as her phenomenal musical legacy, Summer was a style icon of the true Diva mould thanks to her sparkly gowns, fur coats and photo-finish hair and make-up. A fashion industry favourite, in 2010 Summer performed at a Louis Vuitton party as well as a Dolce & Gabbana event to celebrate its 20th birthday.
ELLE Editor in Chief Lorraine Candy said, 'Donna Summer was the 'surprise' guest at Dolce and Gabbana's 20th birthday celebration. She was alone in the spotlight in front of the world's fashion press, supermodels and celebrities and her performance was spellbinding and brought us out in goosebumps. It was a privilege to be there. Her musical and style influences have been felt through the industry for many years and I've seen countless catwalk shows open and close with her unique voice. She has inspired and enthused a generation. I have never been to a fashion party without dancing to Donna at some point'.
The industry mourns
'One of my earliest musical inspirations, RIP Donna Summer #BadGirlsForever'. Kylie Minogue
'Sadly Yes. RIP #dearDonna'. Rihanna
'Truly a game changer'. Mary J Blige
'I had my first kiss at 15 to Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love'. It's a long record :) Disco wouldn't be disco without Donna. She did diva in a natural way - she owned it! Her make-up was her trademark and hair was a big part of her look'. Sharon Dowsett, make-up artist
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