Long Live McQueen!

12 Feb

As most of you know by now the fashion world suffered a horrific loss today with the sudden death of legendary British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.  McQueen, former head designer for famous French fashion label Givenchy and founder of the Alexander McQueen and McQ labels, took his own life at the age of forty.  McQueen was found dead in his London home, his mother passed away just recently on the second of this month.

McQueen made a name for himself, paving the way for future designers with his many notable accomplishments.  McQueen was best known for being one of the youngest ever designers to earn the title of “British designer of the year” an impressive four times between 1996 and 2003.  Furthermore, McQueen was awarded the CBE and named International Designer of the Year at the Council of Fashion Designer Awards.

In recent years McQueen worked in partnership with Gucci Group and he was the first designer to take a risk and participate in MAC makeup’s promotion involving a collaboration of cosmetics released by fashion designers.  McQueen was also well known for his charity work and has designed several pieces with dedicated proceeds going to various charities such as scarves for breast cancer awareness and tees for gay rights and other significant global issues.

Alexander McQueen made waves in the fashion industry and provided inspiration for many young designers.  He was an innovator but more importantly a son, a brother and a friend.  My heart goes out to his friends, family and all other who have had their lives touched either by him personally or his works of art.

From the wise Dr. Seuss, “Don’t cry because it is over. Smile because it happened”.

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One Response to “Long Live McQueen!”

  1. Sherri Turner February 16, 2010 at 12:58 PM #

    May you rest in peace Alexander McQueen. I shall never forget one of his collections a few years ago – inspired by glamrock and heavy metal – makeup ala KISS. AMAZING Why does the world loose so many talented people so young? I trust that the next generation of young designers will find much inspirtation in his work and his legacy will live on.

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