Alexander McQueen - Simply Ingenious

Alexander McQueen - Simply Ingenious

September 6, 2010, Fashion Brands, Fashion Designers

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Jaw-dropping – that is the right word that characterizes the work of Alexander McQueen. And it is meant in a good way. His fashion is absolutely original and many critics would also say that he was an ingenious designer.

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Lee Alexander McQueen was a Londoner who began his tailoring classes at the age of sixteen. He collected experiences and learnt from the masters of design such as the traditional tailors Anderson and Shepherd, Gieves and Hawkes, the costumiers Angels and Bermans or the designer Koji Tatsuno. McQueen also spent some time abroad – and that was in Milan where he worked as Romeo Gigli’s design assistant. Back in London, he completed his Master’s degree and the popularity of his MA collection was enormous – the fashion icon and editor Isabella Blow bought it all and might have influenced McQueen to start his fashion career under his middle name – Alexander.

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In 1996, McQueen became a Chief Designer at Givenchy and worked there until 2001. His beginnings were not as successful as you would expect. Even McQueen felt that his first collection at Givenchy was a failure. But he did not give it up. On the contrary, he did a good job and became famous for his controversial and provoking fashion.

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In December 2000, the Gucci group bought more than a half of Alexander McQueen and he continued there as a Creative Director. He was designing womenswear, menswear, accessories and perfumes. The collaboration was great and the fame of the Alexander McQueen brand was bigger and bigger. The celebrities like Björk, Sarah Jessica Parker, Penélope Cruz, Rihanna or Lady Gaga were falling in love with McQueen’s clothes and the year 2007 meant spreading it among other people – Alexander McQueen boutiques were opened in New York, London, Milan, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

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The great development was interrupted by McQueen’s suicide in February 2010. The label lost its genius and character, McQueen’s fantastic ideas were gone. Fortunately, the Gucci group found another Creative Director – Sarah Burton who worked as McQueen’s assistant for 16 years. And the Alexander McQueen brand was rescued. Phew!

Sources: www.alexandermcqueen.com, http://en.wikipedia.org

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