Rest In Style Lee Alexander McQueen
(March 16th 1969 – February 11th 2010) Known as "the hooligan of English fashion" Lee Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer, 40, was found dead at his London home on Thursday morning.
OFFICAIL STATEMENT MADE BY HIS OFFICE:
“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.”
Born in Hackney, London McQueen started designing at a very young age making dresses for his three sisters. He would attend Rokeby School and land an internship with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard. McQueen was known for his eccentric and controversial runway collections/shows and served as the head designer at Givenchy in 1996. Alexander McQueen's accomplishments included being one of the youngest designers to achieve the title "British Designer of the Year", which he won four times between 1996 and 2003. Alexander McQueen had boutiques in New York, London, Los Angeles, Milan, and Las Vegas.
His contributions to the world of fashion will be missed. My personal outlook on this tragic event can be summed up in two elegant words “Genius Lost” and I suspect that NYC’s fashion week (which also kicks off today) will become a week long memorial of the immense talent and keen displays McQueen has graced us with over the years. To one of my unofficial mentor of whom I will never meet, “REST IN STYLE” you always did.
By Darien Stone