Young Kim, 38, McLaren's partner of 12 years, described him as the "ultimate post modern artist", she explained: "I think Malcolm recognised he had changed the culture, he saw he had changed the world."
"Everyone asks who was Malcolm McLaren, everything he did was ground breaking, as an artist he carried on the link from Andy Warhol. He was the ultimate post modern artist."
Music journalist Jon Savage, who wrote "England's Dreaming," a history of the Sex Pistols and punk, said that "without Malcolm McLaren there would not have been any British punk."
"He's one of the rare individuals who had a huge impact on the cultural and social life of this nation."