December 15, 2012
Alexander McQueen was born March 17, 1969 in Lewisham, London. He was the youngest of six children. He knew he wanted to be a fashion designer when he started making dresses for his three sisters at a young age. He left school at 16 to go on an apprenticeship with Savile Row where he earned his reputation in the fashion world. He attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and earned a masters degree in fashion design. McQueen has been credited with bringing drama and extravagance to the catwalk. He adds different twist to his shows and surprised audiences.
Some of McQueen's accomplishments included being one of the youngest designers to achieve the title "British Designer of the Year", which he won four times between 1996 and 2003; he was also awarded the CBE and named International Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers in 2003. By the end of 2007, Alexander McQueen had boutiques in London, New York, Los Angeles, Milan and Las Vegas. Many celebrities have been spotted wearing Alexander McQueen's designs which have increased his brand.
McQueen was very open about his sexual orientation. He married George Forsyth in Spain but the marriage ended a year later. They still kept a close friendship. McQueen's death was announced on February 11, 2010. He was found hung in his home in London. Before hanging himself with his favorite brown belt he had slashed his wrists. Cocaine, sleeping pills, and tranquilisers were found in the blood samples after his death. He had been diagnosed with mixed anxiety and depressive disorder.
In my opinion Alexander McQueen is a bold, unique and over the top designer. I love his style and his designs. McQueen was very obsessed with the afterlife. His clothes had a religious and medieval look. He would use a lot of basic colours. Repetitively used were red, gold and silver with detailed embroidery. His designs remind me very