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Alexander McQueen was a renowned British fashion designer who rose to fame as the chief designer of the Louis Vuitton Givenchy fashion line

InformationDetail
BirthdayMarch 17, 1969
Died onFebruary 11, 2010
NationalityBritish
FamousFashion Designers, Fashion, Fashion Designers
SpousesGeorge Forsyth
Known asLee Alexander McQueen, Lee McQueen
Universities
  • Central Saint Martins
  • Rokeby Preparatory School
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Alexander McQueen
Cause of deathSuicide
Birth PlaceLewisham
ReligionAtheism
GenderMale
FatherRonald McQueen
MotherJoyce McQueen
Net Worth$30 million
Sun SignPisces
Born inLewisham
Famous asFashion designer
Died at Age40

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Who is Alexander McQueen?

Alexander McQueen was a British fashion designer and couturier who was known to push fashion's limits to unknown extremes, and present shows that had equal pints of shocks, surprises, emotional power and raw energy in them. In his childhood he often used to design dresses for his elder sisters and dream about becoming a designer someday. He brought drama and extravagance to the catwalk and his designs displayed contrasting elements like fragility and strength, tradition and modernity, and fluidity and severity. The skills he learned as an apprentice at Savile Row helped earn him the reputation of an expert in creating an impeccably tailored look. His collections combined an in-depth working knowledge of British tailoring, fine workmanship of the French haute couture atelier and the impeccable Italian finishing. Such was his impact on the fashion world that even years after his death he is still considered a legend and his designs continue to live on. A designer of phenomenal international fame, he had boutiques at all major fashion-hubs in the world including London, New York, Los Angeles, Milan and Las Vegas. Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Sarah J Parker, and Rihanna are just some of the celebrities who have donned his attires

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Childhood & Early Life

Alexander McQueen was born on March 17, 1969 in Lewisham, London and was the youngest of six siblings. His father, Ronald, was a taxi driver and his mother, Joyce, was a social science teacher.

He attended Carpenter's Road Primary School and Rokeby School. In 1985, he left school for an apprenticeship with the traditional Savile Row tailors ‘Anderson & Shephard’. He also served his apprenticeship at ‘Gieves and Hawkes’ and at ‘Angels and Bermans’.

Career

From his apprenticeship at Angels and Bermans, McQueen mastered six methods of pattern cutting and developed his signature razor-sharp tailoring. He then moved on to work with Koji Tatsuno for a year and thereafter became design assistant of famous Italian fashion designer Romeo Gigli.

He earned his master's degree in fashion design from London's Central Saint Martin’s in 1992 and his graduation collection was bought entirely by Isabella Blow, an influential fashion stylist of the time.

He started his own business, designing clothes for women, and introduced “bumster pants”, named so because of their extremely low-cut waistline.

After the launch of his first collection he shifted to Hoxton and launched his second and third collections, named, 'McQueen's Theatre of Cruelty' and 'The Birds', respectively.

McQueen designed wardrobes for singer David Bowie's 1996–97 tour and the coat that Bowie was wearing on the cover of his album 'Earthling' was also designed by him.

He worked on the Icelandic singer Bjork's album cover for the album ‘Homogenic’ and directed one of the songs from the album, 'Alarm Call'.

One of his early collections, titled 'Highland Rape' earned him the reputation of being a controversial character and he was given the moniker 'the hooligan of English fashion'.

In 1996, McQueen became the head designer of the Louis Vuitton Givenchy fashion line. His first collection at Givenchy was not very successful.

His 1998 Autumn collection show caused controversy when he included double amputee model Aimee Mullins striding down the catwalk on intricately carved wooden legs.

In December 2000, GUCCI acquired 51 percent stake in Alexander McQueen’s private company and McQueen became the Creative Director. Shortly afterwards, McQueen left the Givenchy. The partnership opened new stores in London, Milan and New York and also launched their new perfumes, Kingdom and My Queen.

His most celebrated show was the 2001 Spring/Summer collection, 'VOSS' where a naked model sat on a chaise longue wearing a gas mask inside a huge glass box containing moths. As the show commenced, the walls fell away and smashed on the ground and took everyone by surprise.

In 2005, he collaborated with the German-multinational company Puma for a special line of trainers and a year later launched 'McQ' a younger and lower-priced label for men and women.

Awards & Achievements

Alexander McQueen was one of the youngest designers to achieve the 'British Designer of the Year' Award in 1996. He went on to win the award three more times.

In 2003, he was awarded ‘Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’ (CBE) in honour of his contribution to the fashion industry.

He won the 'CFDA Award for Best International Designer' in 2003 and the 'Men's Wear Designer of the Year' award in 2004.

Personal Life & Legacy

Alexander McQueen was openly gay. In 2000 he married George Forsyth, a documentary filmmaker in Ibiza. But it wasn't official as Spain held 'same-sex marriage' as illegal then. They separated after a year and remained good friends.

On February 11, 2010, he was found hanging at his home by his housekeeper and was pronounced dead by the doctors who arrived at the scene. The police record suggested drug over-dose and slashing of the wrists with a ceremonial dagger.

His funeral took place on February 25, 2010 at St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, West London and the ashes were scattered at the Isle of Skye.

He left £50,000 for his pet dogs and bestowed £100,000 each to four charities including the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in south London, and the Blue Cross animal welfare charity in Burford, Oxfordshire.

Pop musician Lady Gaga dedicated a song to him titled 'Fashion of His Love' in the special edition of her album 'Born This Way'

A posthumous exhibition of McQueen’s work titled' Savage Beauty' was hosted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2011.

Net Worth

Alexander McQueen had a net worth of $30 million.

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Alexander McQueen biography timelines

  • // 17th Mar 1969
    Alexander McQueen was born on March 17, 1969 in Lewisham, London and was the youngest of six siblings. His father, Ronald, was a taxi driver and his mother, Joyce, was a social science teacher.
  • // 1985
    He attended Carpenter's Road Primary School and Rokeby School. In 1985, he left school for an apprenticeship with the traditional Savile Row tailors ‘Anderson & Shephard’. He also served his apprenticeship at ‘Gieves and Hawkes’ and at ‘Angels and Bermans’.
  • // 1992
    He earned his master's degree in fashion design from London's Central Saint Martin’s in 1992 and his graduation collection was bought entirely by Isabella Blow, an influential fashion stylist of the time.
  • // 1996
    McQueen designed wardrobes for singer David Bowie's 1996–97 tour and the coat that Bowie was wearing on the cover of his album 'Earthling' was also designed by him.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, McQueen became the head designer of the Louis Vuitton Givenchy fashion line. His first collection at Givenchy was not very successful.
  • // 1996
    Alexander McQueen was one of the youngest designers to achieve the 'British Designer of the Year' Award in 1996. He went on to win the award three more times.
  • // 1998
    His 1998 Autumn collection show caused controversy when he included double amputee model Aimee Mullins striding down the catwalk on intricately carved wooden legs.
  • // 2000
    Alexander McQueen was openly gay. In 2000 he married George Forsyth, a documentary filmmaker in Ibiza. But it wasn't official as Spain held 'same-sex marriage' as illegal then. They separated after a year and remained good friends.
  • // Dec 2000
    In December 2000, GUCCI acquired 51 percent stake in Alexander McQueen’s private company and McQueen became the Creative Director. Shortly afterwards, McQueen left the Givenchy. The partnership opened new stores in London, Milan and New York and also launched their new perfumes, Kingdom and My Queen.
  • // 2001
    His most celebrated show was the 2001 Spring/Summer collection, 'VOSS' where a naked model sat on a chaise longue wearing a gas mask inside a huge glass box containing moths. As the show commenced, the walls fell away and smashed on the ground and took everyone by surprise.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, he was awarded ‘Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’ (CBE) in honour of his contribution to the fashion industry.
  • // 2003 To 2004
    He won the 'CFDA Award for Best International Designer' in 2003 and the 'Men's Wear Designer of the Year' award in 2004.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, he collaborated with the German-multinational company Puma for a special line of trainers and a year later launched 'McQ' a younger and lower-priced label for men and women.
  • // 11th Feb 2010
    On February 11, 2010, he was found hanging at his home by his housekeeper and was pronounced dead by the doctors who arrived at the scene. The police record suggested drug over-dose and slashing of the wrists with a ceremonial dagger.
  • // 25th Feb 2010
    His funeral took place on February 25, 2010 at St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, West London and the ashes were scattered at the Isle of Skye.
  • // 2011
    A posthumous exhibition of McQueen’s work titled' Savage Beauty' was hosted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2011.

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Alexander McQueen's FAQ

  • What is Alexander McQueen birthday?

    Alexander McQueen was born at 1969-03-17

  • When was Alexander McQueen died?

    Alexander McQueen was died at 2010-02-11

  • Where was Alexander McQueen died?

    Alexander McQueen was died in Mayfair, London

  • Which age was Alexander McQueen died?

    Alexander McQueen was died at age 40

  • Where is Alexander McQueen's birth place?

    Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham

  • What is Alexander McQueen nationalities?

    Alexander McQueen's nationalities is British

  • Who is Alexander McQueen spouses?

    Alexander McQueen's spouses is George Forsyth

  • What was Alexander McQueen universities?

    Alexander McQueen studied at Central Saint Martins, Rokeby Preparatory School

  • Which company or organization was founded by Alexander McQueen?

    Alexander McQueen was the founder/co-founder of Alexander McQueen

  • What is Alexander McQueen's cause of dead?

    Alexander McQueen dead because of Suicide

  • What is Alexander McQueen's religion?

    Alexander McQueen's religion is Atheism

  • Who is Alexander McQueen's father?

    Alexander McQueen's father is Ronald McQueen

  • Who is Alexander McQueen's mother?

    Alexander McQueen's mother is Joyce McQueen

  • What is Alexander McQueen's sun sign?

    Alexander McQueen is Pisces

  • How famous is Alexander McQueen?

    Alexander McQueen is famouse as Fashion designer