Alexander McQueen…………..

Alexander McQueen with Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss

The 40-year-old Londoner was found this morning at an address inWestminster. He had hanged himself. McQueen had revealed on his Twitterpage that his mother died a week ago.

His death comes three years after his close friend, Isabella Blow — who helped him become a star — committed suicide. Scotland Yard said they had been called to an address in Green Street, thought to be McQueen’s home, by the ambulance service at 10.20am.

A spokeswoman said a man, aged 40, had been found dead. She added: “The death is being treated as non-suspicious.”

Alexandra Shulman, editor of Vogue, said: “He was the most brilliant designer of his generation and his influence can be seen in the way that women dressed over the last 15 years. It is an incredible loss not only for British fashion but for fashion the world over.”

The designer, the son of an East End cabbie, posted a string of worrying posts on his Twitter page after the death of his mother Joyce.

On February 7 he wrote: “sunday evening been a ****ing awful week but my friends have been great but now i have to some how pull myself together.” On February 3: “I’m letting my followers know my mother passed away yesterday RIPmum xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.”

He then followed it up with: “but life must go on.”

McQueen, who was born in the East End, trained in Savile Row and went on to make suits for Prince Charles and Mikhail Gorbachev.

He was British designer of the year four times between 1996 and 2003, was awarded the CBE and was named International Designer of the Year at the Council of Fashion Designers.

His death, a week before the start of London Fashion Week, shocked the fashion world this evening.

Sue Whiteley, former CEO of his business, said: “This is devastating news. He was an unforgettable part of my life. He was a talent who was beyond others. People who worked with him would give 100 per cent and more because he was totally inspiring.

“This is an unimaginable loss for the fashion world. He was able to bring creativity to whatever he turned his hand to, from perfume bottles to every piece of clothing. It is a dark, dark day. He was a British icon in fashion whose loss is unimaginable.”

A source at McQueen’s office this afternoon confirmed his death, saying: “It is a tragic loss. We are not making a comment at this time out of respect for the McQueen family.”

At Central Saint Martins College his entire graduation collection was bought by the fashion stylist Isabella Blow, who was to become his close friend. He began to use his second name Alexander, rather than his first name Lee, because he felt it sounded better for a couturier.

From 1994 he produced a collection each season and in 1996 attracted particular attention with the introduction of his “Bumsters” low-waisted trousers.

In the same year, he succeeded John Galliano as the head designer at fashion labelGivenchy and the same year was voted British Designer of the Year for the first time.

In 2000, he joined the Italian fashion house Gucci to open new stores in LondonMilanand New York.

This afternoon tributes poured in from the fashion world.

Designer Vivienne Westwood was “incredibly sorry” to hear the news, a spokesman said.

Designer Matthew Williamson said: “I am shocked and deeply saddened by McQueen’s death. He was a genius and his talent was second to none.

“Like many others, I always cited him as a hugely inspirational leader of world fashion. He will be greatly missed.”

Katherine Hamnett said: “He was a genius. What a terrible, tragic waste.”


February 11, 2010. Feburary.

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