British Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead at his home in London on Thursday, February 11. The cause of committing suicide has not been determined yet. The creative core of the fashion industry has been hit hard due to his death.
McQueen, 40, was famous for representing volatile imagination that transformed clothes into a cultural tapestry. He launched the greatest number of trends that trickled down to suburban malls. In addition, his work was especially known for controversial and non-conventional catwalk shows including his Autumn/Winter 1995 collection called “Highland Rape” featuring disheveled looking models in torn clothes.
McQueen dropped out of school at the age of 16 to pursue his interest in the fashion industry. It was at that time that he took an apprenticeship at Savile Row Tailors. Later, he went on to graduating from one of the prestigious colleges in London – Central St. Martins.
Clearly, he was a designer of substance. His career took him from Savile Row to the corporate boardrooms of LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton where he served as the creative director for Givenchy. In 2000, he defected from the French firm to join the Gucci Group. He retained creative control and the company bought a controlling interest in his signature label. McQueen has flagship stores in New York, Milan, London, and Los Angeles.
It is commonly referred that his death is quite tragic and sad for the whole fashion industry has become poorer without his presence.