RIP Alexander McQueen

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Published:  February 12, 2010
RIP Alexander McQueen

As the news of Alexander McQueen’s death broke this morning the world was in shock. Merely 40 years old, the designer who had achieved so much still had a lot to give. His passing will leave an enormous void in our world.

Lee Alexander McQueen was an English fashion designer with a love of the unconventional. His designs, which often shocked and provoked thought, had earned him four British Fashion Designer of the Year Awards, a CBE and the International Designer of the Year Award at the Council of Fashion Designer Awards. He was regarded as one of the most talented designers of his time.

His career, which started with an apprenticeship at Saville Row and included a stint with theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans, was full of controversy. His graduation collection at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design was bought by iconic fashion stylist Isabella Blow and is said to have launched his career.

In 1996 he replaced John Galliano as head designer at Givenchy, a move then regarded as highly unconventional. In 2000 the Gucci Group bought a major share in his own line which ensured the designer had greater creative control. A versatile designer and great entrepreneur, his collaborations include a line of trainers with Puma and his own make up line for MAC.

Most recently it was his Spring 2010 collection that caused a stir, with alien-like creatures strutting the runway. Fans like Daphne Guinness and Lady Gaga were among the first celebrities to embrace his new look, with Lady Gaga wearing head to top McQueen in her recent ‘Bad Romance’ music video.

Shocking in life and shocking in death, the cause of his sudden death is not yet known. He is said to have been mourning the loss of his beloved mother Joyce who passed away only a week ago. Our thoughts go out to his family in this tragic time.

His legend will live forever.

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2 Responses

  1. cat

    Yes such a shame – I’m not sure if there is going to be someone else quite like him again

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