Alexander McQueen Designer information

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Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen was a London-based, English fashion designer, who is famous for heading Fashion Houses Louis Vuitton – Givenchy and then his own label.

Early Life

Lee Alexander McQueen was born on 17 March in 1969, in Lewish, London. He committed suicide on 11 February 2010 at the age of 40.
• He was raised in a working class family. His dad, Ronald was a cab driver and mother, Joyce, a social science lecturer.
• After dropping out of school at age 16, McQueen started working in London’s Mayfair district on Savile Row. The street is famous for offering made-to-order men’s suits.
Alexander McQueen first worked at the tailor shop Anderson and Shephard and then moved to Gieves and Hawkes.

Career

• After this work experience, McQueen decided to take his clothing design career further, and decided to move away from Savile Row.
McQueen then started to work with theatrical costume designer, Angels and Bermans.
• The dramatic style of his designs would later become his signature style.
• He left London to work in Milan as assistant designer to Italian fashion designer Romeo Gigli.
• In 1992, he enrolled Central Saint Martin’s College of Art& Design, and obtained is Masters in fashion design
• While at Saint Martin’s he designed a collection, inspired by Jack the Ripper, and was purchased by famous and eccentric London stylist Isabella Blow.
McQueen then stared his own Fashion Design brand, designing clothes for women.
• He gained enormous success after having introduced the “bumster” pants, so named because of its extremely low-cut waistline.
• In 1996, Alexander McQueen, who had only been out design school for 4 years was announce the Head Designer of Louis Vuitton Givenchy. Givenchy Fashion House is strictly Haute Couture fashion and is owned by Louis Vuitton.
• In 1996, talented McQueen also won the British Designer of the year award. He also won this award in 1997 and 2001.
• In the year 2000, Gucci bought 51 percent of Alexander McQueen’s private company, and provided capital for the designer to expand his business.
• In 2001, after many controversies, McQueen parted ways with Givenchy.
• In 2003, he received the International designer of the Year Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), A Most Excellent Commander of the British Empire by the Queen of England, and once again won a British Designer of the Year award.
• He then finally started expanding his business by opening stores in Milan, New York, London, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, with the help of Gucci’s investment.
Alexander McQueen was more successful than ever before and at the hight of his career.
• His fashion shows were known for their flair, passion and drama, an example being his hologram of model Kate Moss floating ethereally in his 2006 Fall/Winter collection showcase.

Trademark

Alexander McQueen is best known for his bold, eccentric and dramatic designs. The brand is also behind some of the most memorial fashion items of today that includes the bumster pants, McQueen’s Armadillo shoes and the wedding dress of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.

Present Day

• Sadly in 2010 McQueen committed suicide following the death of his mother.
• Today the Alexander McQueen legacy still lives on, with his co-designer Sarah Burton having taken over as head of the operations at the Alexander McQueen brand.
McQueen was also honoured by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for his contribution to fashion.

 

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