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Fashion Icons: Alexander McQueen

14 Jul

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Catherine McGann / Getty Images McQueen in 1996 at New York Fashion Week in New  York City

As a teenage apprentice on Savile Row — the home of British bespoke tailoring  — Alexander McQueen cut suits for the likes of Prince Charles and Mikhail  Gorbachev. That classical training helped him craft impeccably tailored looks for the runway, including razor-sharp  suits and pencil skirts. He pushed convention at every turn, from his tenure as  creative director at Givenchy to his eponymous collection. In 1996 he revived  the trend of low-rise jeans by showcasing his so-called bumsters — extremely  low-cut pants that revealed the buttocks — and he later made the skull motif  mainstream by printing it on scarves and dresses. His full potential will never  be known: he committed suicide in February 2010 at the age of 40. A note he  scribbled on the back of a book simply said, “Look after my dogs, sorry, I love  you.”

Extremely talented designer, gone too soon.

 

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Posted by on July 14, 2013 in Fashion Icons

 

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