Sunday, February 14, 2010

Alexander McQueen

While thinking about who the next designer should be, that I would want to focus my attention on, Alexander McQueen seemed to be the most natural choice, having in view the fact that he recently passed away and left many questioning his motives for making that choice.

Not that I would like to debate that topic. I would much rather like to focus on his lifetime work and accomplishments, as there are many to be mentioned.

Lee Alexander McQueen was born 16 March 1969 as the youngest of six children and started his career as a designer by sowing dresses for his sisters. He then went on to work as an apprentice for tailors Anderson&Sheppard, Gieves&Hawkes and Angels and Bermans. The skills he acquired while working on Savile Row, for clients such as Gorbachev or Prince Charles, made him an expert at creating an impeccably tailored look. He continued to polish his skills during his stay in Milan.

Upon returning to London he applied to the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, to work as a pattern cutter tutor, but due to his talent he was convinced to enroll as a student and received a masters degree in fashion design from the institution.

His first collection was bought entirely by influential fashion stylist Isabella Blow, who is also said to have launched his career.

His greatest career mov ame in 1996 when he replaced John Galliano as head designer at Givenchy, where he stayed until 2001.

Alexander McQueen made a name for himself in the fashion world as a controversial designer, always thinking up new ways to shock his audience. Innovation was the name of the game for McQueen and one most only think of his "Its only a Game" 2005 womens spring/summer collection, where he uses a futuristic chess game to offer up is youthful yet tough edge collection.

He was never shy to pair up the most unexpected materials, such as finishing floral dresses with leather harnessing, thus fusing power and vulnerability.

(To view this collection you can access:

McQueen's controversial shows and innovative style earned him the title "British Designer of the Year" four times between 1996 and 2003.

On 11 February 2010, almost three years after the controversial suicide of his friend Isabella Blow and nine days after the death of his mother, McQueen was found dead by his housekeeper at his home in London.

Alexander McQueen Resort 2010 collection

Alexander McQueen 2010 Spring Collection

Stars wearing Alexander McQueen

Ashlee Simpson


Cate Blanchett

Drew Barrymore

Gwyneth Paltrow

Janet Jackson

Nicole Kidman

Penlope Cruz and Dita Von Tese


Sarah Jessica Parker

Victoria Beckham

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