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Alexander Mc Queen

About

Lee Alexander McQueen born in 1969 was a British fashion designer and couturier. He sadly committed suicide in 2010 at the age of forty.

McQueen started making dresses for his three sisters at a young age and left school aged 16, in 1985, to become a trainee at 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 him earn a reputation in the fashion world as an expert in creating an impeccably tailored look.

Later he applied to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, to work as a pattern cutter tutor.

McQueen designed the wardrobe for David Bowie's tours in 1996-1997, as well as the Union Jack coat worn by Bowie on the cover of his 1997 album Earthling. Icelandic singer Björk sought McQueen's work for the cover of her album Homogenic in 1997.

McQueen's early runway collections developed his reputation for controversy and shock tactics earning the title of hooligan of English fashion.

He used new technology and innovation to add a different twist to his shows and often shocked audiences.