Alexander McQueen's Designer Lee McQueen, Dead at 40, Suicide a Possibility.
Just before the start of London Fashion Week, the death of designer Lee McQueen: and guiding light of the noted fashionista brand of the Alexander McQueen, was found dead in his London apartment. This alarming news comes just four day after the death of his mother.
Alexander “Lee” McQueen,
The Timesonline.co.uk stated that McQueen who had been commenting on twitter and other outlets about the difficulty in dealing with his mother’s passing and speculated that McQueen had committed suicide.
Spring 2010 collection
At age 40, the death seem obviously so premature and has stunned the fashion world.
Afour-time winner of the British designer of the year award and a international designer of the year award winner from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. He was awarded the CBE in 2003. His death leaves questions about the line being shown at London Fashion Week as well as the direction of the fashion house in general.
Alexander McQueen, Spring 2010 collection
From the UK Guardian’s website:
His company, Alexander McQueen, issued a statement saying: “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.”
Alexandra Shulman, the editor of British Vogue, said McQueen had influenced a whole generation of designers. “His brilliant imagination knew no bounds as he conjured up collection after collection of extraordinary designs,” she said.
“At one level he was a master of the fantastic, creating astounding fashion shows that mixed design, technology and performance and on another he was a modern-day genius whose gothic aesthetic was adopted by women the world over. His death is the hugest loss to anyone who knew him and for very many who didn’t
Runway line for Spring 2010 Alexander McQueen collection
His rise as a fashion designer included work with designer Koji Tatsuno. A year leater, McQueen was a design assistant to Romeo Gigli in Milan. Returning to London in 1994, he completed a master’s degree in fashion design at Central St Martins College. His degree collection was bought in its entirety by Isabella Blow, a leading figure in the fashion world which sealed his entry into the highest levels of fashion design. (Blow’s death in 2007 left a huge void in McQueen’s world because of their friendship). McQueen went on to become chief designer for Givenchy in 1996 and left in 2001.
Questions left unanswered are if the Alexander McQueen fashion house will participate in the London Fall 2010 fashion week and also the value of the pieces currently in store and how long they will last. Given the great love of fashion and the evolution of the McQueen line in terms of presentation from “angry and hard” to a more thoughtful, even softer look as he realized his acceptance and appreciation in the fashion world, one thinks that anything from McQueen will sky-rocket in value. Look for homages in various lines for holiday 2010 and spring 2011.
Our prayers and sympathy to the family of Lee McQueen and we hope that the line does participate in London Fashion Week.
Stevie Wilson, LA-Story.com
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