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The renowned British fashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) is celebrated for his innovative and provocative designs that masterfully merged artistry with exceptional technical skill. Born and educated in London, McQueen began his career in fashion at the age of 16, apprenticing on Savile Row at Anderson & Sheppard and later at Gieves & Hawkes, where he honed his traditional tailoring techniques. He then worked as a pattern cutter at the theatrical costumiers Angels & Bermans, and later for the avant-garde Japanese designer Koji Tatsuno in London.

In 1990, McQueen moved to Milan to work for Romeo Gigli. Upon returning to London, he completed the MA in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins, where he learned to be a fashion designer, drawing inspiration from London’s history and cultural institutions. His graduate collection garnered extensive press coverage and was purchased in its entirety by the legendary fashion stylist Isabella Blow.

McQueen’s eponymous label was launched in 1992, and in 1996, he was appointed head designer at Givenchy, succeeding John Galliano. During his tenure at Givenchy, he continued to develop his own label, and in 2000, the Gucci Group (now Kering) acquired a majority stake in his company. He left Givenchy in 2001.

McQueen was known for its edgy, avant-garde aesthetic, which often featured intricate and provocative designs. His runway shows were more like performances than traditional fashion shows, featuring elaborate sets, dramatic lighting, and models who were often dressed in highly detailed and sometimes disturbing costumes. Throughout his career, McQueen was awarded numerous accolades, including four British Designer of the Year awards and one CFDA Fashion Award.

After his untimely death by suicide, McQueen’s legacy of innovative design, impeccable craftsmanship, and unwavering passion for the art form, has solidified his influence, and his eponymous label remains a prominent force in fashion, with Creative Director Sarah Burton at the helm.

Written by denisebrain