Alexander McQueen was a talented British designer, best known for his knowledge of British tailoring. This smart boy destined for a future in fashion belonged to a very modest background. McQueen was appointed as a head designer at the Louis Vuitton-owned Givenchy fashion line and launched his own menswear line in 2004.
Born on 17th March 1969 in London to Ronald and Joyce, Alexander McQueen was the youngest of six children. He started designing dresses for his sisters at a young age and showed his interest in the fashion world. McQueen left the school and went for an apprenticeship at the Anderson and Shepherd on the Savile Row. This opportunity helped him to sharpen his tailoring and technical skills, for which he became famous. While on Savile Row, his clients included Prince Charles and Mikhail Gorbachev. Before travelling to Milan and working for Romeo Gigli, he spent his time working for Koji Tatsuno.
McQueen’s early collections developed his reputation for controversy with trousers named “bumsters” and a collection named as “Highland Rape”. His “bumsters” evolved a trend in low rise jeans which attracted many debate and comments on their debut.
McQueen also became popular for using his skull in his designs. He has been recognized for bringing extravagance to the catwalk. McQueen used new innovations and technology to add a twist to his fashion shows and often shocked audiences. The silhouettes made by him, have been accredited for adding a sense of fantasy to fashion. He became one of the first fashion designers who used Indian Models in London.
He was the youngest fashion designer who achieved the title “British Designer of the Year”. In 2005, he collaborated with Puma for creating a special line of trainers for the shoe brand. He launched McQ, a lower price line for both men and women in 2006.
By the end of 2007, McQueen had boutiques in Las Vegas, London, New York, Milan, and Los Angeles. Celebrity patrons, including Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Rihanna, and Sarah Jessica Parker and J-Pop Queens such as Koda Kumi, Namie Amuro, and Ayumi Hamasaki have been spotted frequently wearing McQueen’s clothing to many events.