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Friday, February 12, 2010

Rest In Peace Mr. McQueen

The Fashion World came crashing down when news of design icon,
Alexander McQueen's death was announced. I was about to board
a flight when I found out; thinking of the time when I was in his first
show. This was a man of mystery; his pieces were ominous and
inspiring. I have been a fan for a long time, in search of certain
collections for many years. Now, I will cherish every single one I
come across. Here is the tragic story below...

LONDON (REUTERS).- British fashion designer Alexander
McQueen, whose provocative collections made him a global
star, was found dead at his London home on Thursday in
what media said appeared to be suicide. He was 40.

Nicknamed the "hooligan" of British fashion for his close-
cropped hair, trademark Doc Marten boots and shocking
catwalk collections, McQueen rose from teenage trainee
tailor to runway darling before the age of 30. He had been
expected to unveil his new collection at Paris Fashion Week
in March.

"He was found dead this morning," McQueen's
communications director Samantha Garrett told Reuters
by telephone.

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."

Police said they were not treating his death as suspicious.
The BBC reported that McQueen had announced the death
of his mother on his Twitter site earlier this month.

McQueen's friend, the influential British fashion insider
Isabella Blow who helped his career take flight, took her
own life in 2007 at the age of 48.

"At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic
news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing
a sense of shock and grief with Lee's family," the statement
from McQueen's office said.


Born in a working class area of London, the youngest of
six children, McQueen left school at the age of 16 and
gained an apprenticeship at the traditional Savile Row
tailors Anderson and Sheppard, moving on to neighboring
Gieves and Hawkes.

The former British Designer of the Year winner eventually
gained a masters degree in fashion design from London's
prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

McQueen had an ability to shock and his autumn/winter
1995 collection "Highland Rape" which featured disheveled
looking models in torn clothing was considered a classic

The following year, McQueen was named head designer
at the staid Paris couture house Givenchy. His first
collection for the French atelier was not widely considered
to be a success.

But he went on to establish his own label and become part
of the Gucci stable of brands owned by French retailer and
luxury goods group PPR, drawing in fans, customers and
fame and earning a place at the top table of fashion.

"Alexander McQueen was one of the greatest fashion
designers of his generation," PPR Chief Executive
Francois-Henri Pinault said in a statement. "His
sometimes provocative genius, admired and hailed by
all, was constantly opening up new perspectives."

Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman praised the designer
for his "brilliant imagination."

"At one level he was a master of the fantastic, creating
astounding fashion shows that mixed design, technology
and performance and on another he was a modern day
genius whose gothic aesthetic was adopted by women
the world over," Shulman wrote on the fashion bible's

Supermodel Kate Moss canceled a London appearance
on Thursday evening and sent word in an emailed
statement from her agency Storm that she was "shocked
and devastated at the tragic loss of her dear friend Lee

Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld told French radio that
McQueen had always flirted with death in his work and
that success and fame were never enough to sustain

"In these types of professions (modeling, acting,
fashion design) if you haven't got a strong back and
are not hard-headed you expose yourself to anguish,"
Lagerfeld said.

"He also had a nervous depression which reached its
culminating point with the death of his mother last week." 

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