Today’s #KnowYourIcon focus is on the late British designer and couturier, Alexander McQueen.
McQueen started making dresses for his three sisters at a young age, and announced his intention to become a fashion designer. After finishing his O-level, he went on to serve an apprenticeship with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, before joining Gieves & Hawkes and, later, the theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans.The skills he learned as an apprentice on Savile Row helped earn him a reputation in the fashion world as an expert in creating an impeccably tailored look.
He is known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and for founding his own Alexander McQueen label.His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards (1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003), as well as the CFDA’s International Designer of the Year award in 2003.
McQueen’s most celebrated and dramatic catwalk show was his 2001 Spring/Summer collection, named VOSS. The centre piece tableau that dominated the room was an enormous glass box. But because the room outside the box was lit and the inside of the box was unlit, the glass walls appeared as large mirrors, so that the seated audience saw only their own reflection. Finally, after an hour, and when the show began, lights came on in inside the enormous glass case and revealed the interior to be filled with moths and, at the centre, a naked model on a chaise longue with her face obscured by a gas mask. The glass walls then fell away and smashed on the ground.
His death was announced on the afternoon of 11 February 2010. In the morning, his housekeeper found him hanging at his home on Green Street, London W1.Paramedics were called and they pronounced him dead at the scene. On 28 April 2010, McQueen’s death was officially recorded as suicide at an inquest. His long-term assistant Sarah Burton was named as the new creative director of Alexander McQueen in May 2010 and went on to present her first womenswear collection in Paris, in September 2010.
And with that, we conclude our brief history of Alexander McQueen, the celebrated fashion designer.
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