On Thursday, British fashion designer Alexander MacQueen was found dead at his London home. He died at the age of 40 when designers in New York started to reveal the fall 2010 collections. The talented designer had a plan to show his women collection in Paris on March 9.
McQueen’s death seemed to be a possible suicide due to circumstances at the death. McQueen was famous for being able to use fashion as a mean for provoking folks out of their preconceived concepts about femininity, power and romance.
McQueen started making dresses for his three sisters at a young age and announced his intention to become a fashion designer.
McQueen attended Rokeby School and left with one O-level in art at 16, going on to gain an apprenticeship with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, before joining Gieves & Hawkes and, later, the famous theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans. In 1994, McQueen applied to London’s most precious fashion school, London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, to work as a pattern cuttor tutor. He became a famous graduate of this college and received his master of Fashion design.
In 1992, Alenxander McQueen founded his company. In 1996, with his apprenticship with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, McQueen was instated as head designer at Givenchy. In 2000, he joined Gucci Group where he had chance to flourish under the guidance of chairman Domenico de Sole.
McQueen’s ability to back up his extravagant floridness, boldness and his sometimes petulant personality with perfect tailoring made him famous.
In 2000, Mr. MacQueen unveiled his menswear collection. He was known for his lavish, unconventional runway shows, such as a recreation of a shipwreck for his spring 2003 collection, spring 2005’s human chess game and his fall 2006 show, Widows of Culloden.
In 2008, McQueen unveiled his sportswear show named McQ which, according to Women’s Wear Daily, brought McQueen huge profits.
In his designing career, Mr. McQueen was awarded title “British Designer of the Year” four times between 1996 and 2003. He was also awarded the CBE, as well as being named International Designer of the Year at the Council of Fashion Designer Awards.
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