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Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

(1969 – 2010)

  • Your work was an absolute inspiration to many budding fashion designers (me included) and I am so sorry to hear of your passing. RIP.
    Lit by Shaun Roberts
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Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen
(1969 – 2010)

In memory of

Alexander McQueen

(1969 – 2010)
About Alexander
This is a tribute dedicated to Alexander McQueen. Lee Alexander McQueen CBE was a brilliant English fashion designer.
Born in 1969 in Hackney, London to a taxi driver and a social science teacher, Alexander McQueen was the youngest of six children. He started making dresses for his three sisters at a young age and announced his intention of becoming a fashion designer. He said that one of his earliest memories was from around the age of 3 when he drew a picture of a dress on a piece of bare wall which had been exposed by peeling wallpaper in the council house where his family lived. Alexander McQueen jokingly called it his first design sketch.
Alexander McQueen attended Rokeby School and left with one
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O-level in art at 16. He landed himself an apprenticeship with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, and then went on to work for Gieves & Hawkes and the famous theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans. Whilst on Savile Row, Alexander McQueen's clients included Mikhail Gorbachev and Charles, Prince of Wales. At the age of 20, he spent a period of time working for Koji Tatsuno before travelling to Milan, Italy and working for Romeo Gigli.
Alexander McQueen returned to London in 1994 and applied to London's most prestigious fashion school, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, to work as a pattern cutter tutor. Due to the strength of his portfolio he was persuaded by the Head of the Masters course
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to enroll in the course as a student. He received his Masters degree in Fashion design and famously, his graduation collection was bought in its entirety by influential fashion stylist Isabella Blow, who was said to have persuaded Alexander McQueen to change his name from Lee to Alexander (his middle name) when he subsequently launched his fashion career.
Icelandic singer Björk sought Alexander McQueen's work for the cover of her album Homogenic in 1997.
Alexander McQueen's early runway collections developed his reputation for controversy and shock tactics (earning the title "l'enfant terrible" and "the hooligan of English fashion"), with trousers aptly named "bumsters", and a collection entitled "Highland
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Rape".Alexander McQueen was known for his lavish, unconventional runway shows, such as a recreation of a shipwreck for his spring 2003 collection, spring 2005’s human chess game and his fall 2006 show, Widows of Culloden, which featured a life-sized hologram of supermodel Kate Moss, dressed in yards of rippling fabric.
Some of Alexander McQueen's accomplishments included being one of the youngest designers to achieve the title "British Designer of the Year", which he won four times between 1996 and 2003. He was also awarded the CBE, as well as being named International Designer of the Year at the Council of Fashion Designer Awards. December 2000 saw a new partnership for Alexander McQueen with Gucci
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Group acquiring 51% of the company, and Alexander McQueen serving as Creative Director. Plans for expansion included the opening of stores in London, Milan, and New York, and the launch of his perfumes Kingdom, and more recently My Queen. In 2005, Alexander McQueen collaborated with Puma to create a special line of trainers for the shoe brand.
Alexander McQueen passed away on the 11th February 2010. A statement released by his office referring to the designer by his given first name, Lee, read: "On behalf of Lee McQueen's family, Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand, has been found dead at his home."
This is a memorial
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dedicated to Alexander McQueen, his life and his work. May he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 15th Mar 2010
Anon ymous
wrote:
what a waste of a life, so young and so talented. RIP and enjoy being with your mum darling lee. love laura [a fan] xxxxxxxxx
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Kindly lit by
Shaun Roberts
on 4th Jul 2015
They wrote:
Your work was an absolute inspiration to many budding fashion designers (me included) and I am so sorry to hear of your passing. RIP.
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Alexander McQueen

This is a tribute dedicated to Alexander McQueen. Lee Alexander McQueen CBE was a brilliant English fashion designer.
Born in 1969 in Hackney, London to a taxi driver and a social science teacher, Alexander McQueen was the youngest of six children. He started making dresses for his three sisters at a young age and announced his intention of becoming a fashion designer. He said that one of his earliest memories was from around the age of 3 when he drew a picture of a dress on a piece of bare wall which had been exposed by peeling wallpaper in the council house where his family lived. Alexander McQueen jokingly called it his first design sketch.
Alexander McQueen attended Rokeby School and left with one...

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