With four British Fashion Awards behind him, he was a fashion designer known for being the head of Givenchy brand and for founding his own, Alexander McQueen.
The youngest of six brothers, with a taxi driver father and housewife mother, left school at the age of 16 because he wanted to pursue his dream since he was young, he was in charge of designing clothes for his three sisters and he read all fashion magazines because “I wanted to become something in the world of fashion” – and got it.
Along with one of the most outstanding British generation that emerged there (John Galliano or Stela McCartney), Mcqueen studied fashion design at the prestigious St. Martins College of Art & Design in London. After graduating in 1994, his talent captivate Anderson & Sheppard and started to work as an apprentice. Later, he began working for Gieves and Hawkes, Romeo Gigli and Koji Tatsuno. Later he decided to open his own studio in East London.
“His brilliant creativity and technical mastery” led him to be named successor to John Galliano becoming the head of a fashion house as well known as Givenchy, so that in 1997, the award for best British designer had to share it with John Galliano.
It is in 2000 when Alexander Mcqueen dissociates itself from Givenchy and LVMH, which according to him verbatim, limited his creativity. The separation as because of Gucci firm, which bought part of the shares of the firm Alexander McQueen.
After marrying George Forsyth, begins its rise as in 2003, is decorated in Buckingham Palace by Queen Isabel II Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
His designs were dark but had such a perfect femininity that got dazzle the Duchess of Westminster or artists like Björk and Lady Gaga. It is considered one of the strongest influences of the so-called wild fashion and one of her dresses was considered one of the 100 best of the decade by the magazine InStyle.
At 40 years old, they found the body of the designer in his own home, and he decided to commit suicide after the depression that was going on after the death of his mother. That’s how Sarah Burton, faithful companion designer, takes the reins of the firm Alexander McQueen.