torsdag, februari 11, 2010

Alexander McQueen dead

The English fashion designer is dead and according to some sources it was a suicide.
This is perhaps of less interest for those interested in fashion.

Alexander McQueen (Alexander McQueen - official web site) was born in 1969 outside London, son to a taxi driver.
According to different information he early on started to make clothes and notably dresses for his sisters, stating that he had the ambition becoming a fashion designer.
He got an apprenticeship at Savile Row (Savile Row Bespoke) and other fashion centras.
When working at Savile Road he had clients like the former Sovjet leader Mikhail Gorbachev but also Prince Charles.

He later on applied to and got approved for London's most prestigious fashion school Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (1994).
He received his master and went on to become 'l'enfant terrible' or 'the hooligan of English fashion' because of his reputation of being controversial and somewhat shocking in his style.

He came to Givenchy (succeeding John Galliano) in 1996 before he finally started his own label/brand, becoming very influential, though still somewhat controversial. Later on Gucci bought 50% of his collection (if I remember right) and he continued working in cooperation with them. Puma was another brand for which he created a sports collection.

It was during his time at Givenchy that my wife saw him in Paris in the 8th arrondissement in 1996 or 1997. Personally his name was known to me but I can't say I was to familiar with where he had worked and what he had done and I wouldn't have recognized him in the street.

(Photo Alexander McQueen copied from: http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2005/10/09/alexandermcqueen.jpg)

1 commentaires:

abiballkleider sa...

Gone to soon, R.I.P.