Fashion world in shock over Alexander McQueen death
Im in a state of utter shock and disbelief , out of all the news Mcqueen's death news is the first thing i read in the newspaper. We lost an enfant terrible and a fashion genius today. R.I.P
Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:27pm
LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, 40, was found dead at his London home on Thursday in an apparent suicide. Following are some reactions from the worlds of fashion and entertainment on the day that New York fashion week kicked off.
“I like a man who's good, but not too good--for the good die young, and I hate a dead one.” - Mae West.
Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee's family.
Born in the East End of London in March 1969, he was the youngest of six children and left school at the age of 16. The son of a taxi driver, he was already making dresses for his sisters at a young age but was given his first break at Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard after joining as an apprentice.
During his time working at Savile Row, his clients included the former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev and the Prince of Wales.
He then went on to work for Gieves & Hawkes and theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans.
At the age of 20, he spent time working for Koji Tatsuno before switching to Milan.
His profile was elevated in the early 1990s when his own line of low ''bumster'' trousers were launched in London.
"As for me he was a master of the fantastic ideas,creating astounding fashion shows that mixed design, technology and performance and on another he was a modern day genius, a true design god."