Fashion Designer and Artist – Alexander McQueen
The Legendary and late fashion designer, Alexander McQueen, was an extraordinarily artistic and creative individual, as well as a personal favorite of mine.
Hailing from London, UK, the 40 year old designer had begun his early career while working for the French haute couture house of Givenchy, before creating his own eccentric line of clothing.
Feminine, strong, sensual and frail were what his pieces became known for being as well as extremely edgy and very original.
Alexander had a firm and knowledgeable grasp on British tailoring and used his abilities to his create divine, one of a kind pieces. In his short-lived life as a haute name in fashion, Alexander McQueen had the pleasure of recieving four British Designer of the Year awards and one International Designer of the Year award before his tragic death in February 2010.
Before reaching the age of twenty Alexander had already dressed such clients as Prince Charles.
By the time Alexander McQueen had graduated design school, his entire graduation collection was bought in it’s entirety by Isabella Blow, who became a friend to Alexander.
McQueen quickly became known for his outlandish, dark and edgy runway shows. Alexander McQueen became known in the fashion and celebrity world with his creation of low rise “bumster” jeans and skull motif scarves.
McQueen worked under such names as Givenchy and Gucci, with collaborations with Puma as well as MAC Cosmetics. He was the first designer to collaborate with MAC on a cosmetics line and Alexander McQueen took his inspiration from an Elizabeth Taylor movie, “Cleopatra”. McQueen is said to have hand-picked each makeup products for the look.
By the end of 2007, McQueen had a large celebrity following and many admirers. Celebrity shoppers included Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro, Koda Kumi and Bjork.
Most notably, the crab claw shoes featured in Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” video were one of McQueens own designs.
The great Alexander McQueen’s death was announced on the morning of February 11, 2010. He is thought to have taken his own life and was found by his housekeeper the morning of the 11th.
Alexander McQueen was a spectacular designer and had an impeccable sense of fashion and tailoring skills. He was a gift to the fashion world and will be greatly missed by all those who knew him and all those who admired him and his work.
It was announced by Gucci that the design house of McQueen would go on without it’s founder and legendary creator.(Pictures from Google Images)