Blog: Alexander McQueen: 1969-2010

Joe Ayling | 12 February 2010

The sad death of UK fashion designer Alexander McQueen has been met with tributes and recognition of his achievements during a life cut short at 40.

This feature, for instance, illustrates the legacy McQueen will leave behind as a fashion designer. McQueen is credited with the introduction of low-slung jeans, expert tailoring, theatrical catwalk shows, and distinctive use of models.

He was born in London on 17 March 1969 as the youngest of six children. After leaving school at the age of 16 he took apprenticeships at Savile Row tailors Anderson & Shephard and Gieves & Hawkes.

From there he moved to theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans, which likely inspired the catwalk shows he would later be known for.

By 1996 McQueen was appointed chief designer at the French Haute Couture House Givenchy where he worked until March of 2001. In December 2000, 51% of Alexander McQueen was acquired by the Gucci Group, where he remained as creative director.

A host of celebrity fans have paid their respects to the designer via social networking site Twitter.

Meanwhile, the boss of Gucci owner PPR, François-Henri Pinault, has issued a statement to say McQueen was one of the greatest designers of his generation.

"His genius, sometimes provocative, but admired and commended by everyone, constantly brought new perspectives," he adds.

Beyond his collections, McQueen was also British Designer of the year 1996, 1997, 2001, and 2003, crowned International Designer of the Year by The Council of Fashion Designer's of America (CFDA) in 2003, and was awarded a CBE by her Majesty the Queen in 2003.

By Joe Ayling.


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