Alexander McQueen, CBE was a British fashion designer and couturier. He worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001. Mcqueen founded his own fort Alexander McQueen label in 1992.
Alexander Mcqueen Age
He was born Alexander Mcqueen on March 17, 1969, in Lewisham, London. He was 58 years old as of 2010.
Alexander Mcqueen Early Life
His father, Ronald, was a cab driver, and his mother, Joyce, taught social science. On their small incomes, they supported McQueen and his five siblings. McQueen, called “Lee” by his friends for most of his life, recognized his homosexuality at an early age and was teased extensively about it by schoolmates.
At age 16, McQueen dropped out of school. He found work on Savile Row, a street in London’s Mayfair district famous for offering made-to-order men’s suits. He worked first with the tailor shop Anderson and Shephard and then moved to nearby Gieves and Hawkes.
Alexander McqueenPersonal Life
McQueen was openly gay and said he realized his sexual orientation when he was six years old. He told his family when he was 18 and, after a rocky period, they accepted his sexuality. He described coming out at a young age by saying, “I was sure of myself and my sexuality and I’ve got nothing to hide. I went straight from my mother’s womb onto the gay parade”.
In 2000, McQueen had a marriage ceremony with his partner George Forsyth, a documentary filmmaker, on a yacht in Ibiza. Kate Moss and Annabelle Neilson were bridesmaids. The marriage was not official, as same-sex marriage in Spain was not legal at that time. The relationship ended a year later, with McQueen and Forsyth maintaining a close friendship.
McQueen stated in an interview shortly before his death on his CBE in 2003: “…Why they gave me that, I don’t understand because I wrote, ‘I am a c-t,’ on the queen’s son’s jacket!”
McQueen was HIV positive.
He was an avid scuba diver and used his passion as a source of inspiration in his designs, including spring 2010’s “Plato’s Atlantis”. Much of his diving was done around the Maldives.
Alexander Mcqueen 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 the 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. His graduation collection was bought entirely by Isabella Blow, an influential fashion stylist of the time.
Alexander 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.
In December 2000, GUCCI acquired a 51 percent stake in Alexander McQueen’s private company and McQueen became the Creative Director. Shortly afterward, 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.
Alexander Mcqueen Award/Achievement
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.
Alexander Mcqueen Puma
McQueen and PUMA join forces to create a line of directional yet sports-inspired sneakers. From high-tops to low-top silhouettes, Alexander McQueen x PUMA sneakers are reimagined with unexpected, innovative detailing. Fusing form and function, these sneakers walk the line between McQueen’s edgy aesthetic and PUMA’s athletic, performance-driven design. Expect leather and suede styles with rubber soles, mesh panels and cut-out detailing.
Alexander Mcqueen Death
In 2007, the specter of death would come to haunt McQueen, first with the suicide of Isabella Blow. The designer dedicated his 2008 Spring/Summer line to Blow and said that her death “was the most valuable thing I learned in fashion.
” Just two years later, on February 2, 2010, McQueen’s mother died. One day before her funeral, on February 11, 2010, McQueen was found dead in his Mayfair, London apartment. The cause of death was determined to be suicide.
Alexander Mcqueen Legacy
Alexander McQueen’s rise from lower-class high school dropout to the internationally famous designer is a remarkable story. His bold styles and fascinating shows inspired and wowed the world of fashion, and his legacy lives on.
Longtime co-designer Sarah Burton took over the still-operating Alexander McQueen brand, and McQueen’s contribution to fashion was honored by a 2011 exhibition of his creations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.