The world of fashion suffered great loss when Lee Alexander McQueen decided to put an end to his life on February 11, 2010. The cause of Lee’s death was apparently suicide. It was a rather a bold way to end one’s life but that clearly shows his attitude even towards his designs. And until the very end, the four-time recipient of the British Fashion Designer of the Year never failed to shock the world.
Born on March 16, 1969, Alexander McQueen was only 40-years-old when he died. Despite the very young age, he had already showed the world his special talent and precision in creating unconventional and unique clothes. No one could imagine that the designer he is today was a dropped out of school way back when he was just 16 years old. This young boy started his unique desire in traditional tailoring by working at Savile Row, one of the most famous shopping places in Central London, well known for its excellent men’s clothing.
Gifted with the natural talent in tailoring, Lee Alexander McQueen further developed his skills during his tender years at Anderson and Sheppard followed by taking another job at Gieves and Hawkes. He then started another learning journey with theater costumiers Berman and Nathan. According to McQueen, the most essential part of his skills was developed at the time when he was taking his apprenticeship at Savile Row. He gave the guys most of the credit for his expertise in designing fitting clothes.
As he turned twenty, McQueen was hired to work with Koji Tatsuno, a Japanese designer whose designs are primarily made from antique materials. The work didn’t last long as another brilliant Italian designer took Lee as an apprentice. In a very short period of time, Romeo Gigli noticed the boy’s future design concepts. After a long road of building his skills and professional experience as a designer, he decided to go back to school. In fact, Mcqueen took his MA at Central St. Martin’s College which is widely considered as London’s most prestigious fashion school.
Though Lee Alexander McQueen’s life has been a short travel, his journey as a fashion designer reached great heights where he could even see the pinnacle of success of the industry.
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Sophie Marie Capper is a self confess shoe addict. She loves to write more about designer shoes and love to have a collection of her own someday.