In Memorium: Alexander McQueen

2.11.2010




The iconic British fashion designer, Lee Alexander McQueen was found dead today in his London apartment.  His death at 40 years old has left the fashion world stunned and saddened.  He was an amazing and talented individual who inspired all those who have worked with him.  He has touched so many lives with his works.  He was a creative as well as a technical genius.


"On behalf of Lee McQueen's family, 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. Lee's family has asked for privacy in order to come to terms with this terrible news and we hope the media will respect this. Samantha Garrett, Spokesperson for Alexander McQueen Int."


Lee McQueen started out learning the finer points of men's tailoring on Savile Row, at some of the more conservative institutions there.  He went on to study at Martin's College of Art and Design.  He had successful endeavors at Givenchy and Gucci before launching his own label, Alexander McQueen.
 
Known for his dramatic statement pieces and impeccable tailoring, he helped raise the profile of British fashion and was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 when she made him a Commander of the British Empire for his fashion leadership. (AP)
 
 
Some of McQueen's most iconic looks include symbols of bones and skulls.  His creative genius was often very macabre.  The look of the skull was featured prominently in recent collections, especially in his accessories such as scarves and shoes.
 
The associated press reports the following information about Lee McQueen's death:





McQueen's sudden death robbed the fashion scene of one of its most innovative and successful young designers. He made his name first in London, then wooed audiences in Paris, New York and Milan to take his place in the upper echelons of the designing world.


 





The outfit featured above has a skull-print scarf and peep-toe boots designed by Alexander McQueen and available on Net-a-Porter.com.  



A gorgeous textured leather sandal with McQueen's signature skull zipper.  This shoe is featured in magazines and retailers as being on point for spring... the blue, the denim, the edgy sexiness.  Alexander McQueen could capture all the elements that made a peice iconic and irresistable. 

McQueen's latest collection began flying off the shelves in retail establishments today upon news of his death.  The auction price on Ebay of some older pieces rose steadily upon the news as well. Sadly, Alexander McQueen designs are now collectors items.



Skull Zipper Ballet Flats at Saks.com