Thursday, February 11, 2010

Long Live McQueen

Today the world lost one an incredibly talented and influential designer; Alexander McQueen.

Born the son of a taxi driver, McQueen began making dresses for his sisters at a very young age, where he knew his calling was in fashion. McQueen's early clients included the likes of Mikhail Gorbachev and Prince Charles. He had once written "I am a Cunt" in biro into the sleeve lining in a suit he made just for Prince Charles. tisk tisk.

Upon graduating with a Masters Degree from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, his entire collection was bought by renowned fashion stylist, Isabella Flow (who passed away back in 2006). Isabella was basically responsible for his exposure, and convinced him to drop his first name (Lee) and use Alexander McQueen for his label.

His collections developed quite the controversial reputation, earning himself nicknames like "L'enfant Terrible" and "the hooligan of English fashion". He was known for his eclectic and and unconventional runway shows, such as that of Spring 2003 (The shipwreck theme) and 2005's Human Chess Game.

He's caused quite the stir in the fashion scene for past couple of years due to his shock tactics and endless creativity. I personally am very saddened by the news, as his shows and collections were always something I looked forward to seeing. "What's this crazy motherfucker gonna do next?"

RIP Lee Alexander McQueen 1969-2010

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