2010 witnessed the tragic loss of this awesome talent. That such a prodigy should take his own life the day before his own mothers funeral is a sign to all of the sensitiy he felt about life and the closeness he had with his mother
Lee Alexander McQueen, one of the finest young British designers of his generation, received a posthumous award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design at the British Fashion Awards 2010,
Dubbed ‘enfant terrible’, as Jean Paul Gaultier was in the 80’s, Alexander McQueen has manipulated his own fashion career to become one of the youngest fashion designers to achieve ‘British Designer of the Year’ in 1996.
He also won this prestigious fashion award in 1997, 2001 and 2003 also.
Known for his brutally sharp Tailoring, he was born in the East End of London in 1969.
Alexander McQueen graduated from Central St Martins College of Art & Design in 1991.
He won an apprenticeship with fashionable Savile Row Tailors Anderson & Sheppard and went on to work for Romeo Gigli and Koji Tatsuno before opening his own fashion studio.
With the launch of his low-cut “bumsters” on his own fashion label – McQueen attracted tabloid headlines.
In 1996 he was named successor to fashion designer John Galliano as the new chief designer at Givenchy.
In 1997 he produced four haute couture collections for Givenchy and two fashion collections for his own label.
He remained with the Givenchy fashion house until 2001 and in 2003 was awarded a CBE was also awarded British Menswear Designer of the Year in 2004.
Alexander McQueen’s collections combine an in-depth working knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, the fine workmanship of the French Haute Couture atelier and the impeccable finish of Italian manufacturing.
In December 2000 a new partnership saw the Gucci Group acquiring 51% of the company. Recent developments include the opening of flagship stores in New York, London and Milan and the launch of the first McQueen Fragrance ‘Kingdom’, the addition of the new Menswear and Eyewear collections.