Saturday, February 13, 2010


Alexander McQueen dropped out of school at age 16 to pursue a career in fashion design, learning tailoring on Savile Row and pattern making from costumiers Angels and Bermans. He showed his degree collection fresh out of the Central Saint Martins Masters program in 1994, which was bought in its entirety by style icon and fashion editor Isabella Blow. The label is known for its dramatic, gorgeously constructed pieces, combining elements of British tailoring with French couture. Signature looks included billowy dresses cut in hourglass silhouettes, frock coats paired with skinny pants, sharp, angular suiting, and darkly romantic gowns covered in intricate embroidery and lace. Gucci Group acquired 51 percent of the label in 2000. In 2004, McQueen designed his first menswear collection and was named British Menswear Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council. The brand introduced fragrances in 2003 and 2005 (Kingdom and MyQueen) and in January 2006 launched McQ, a more affordable, denim-based ready-to-wear line including menswear, womenswear, and accessories. McQueen flagships stores are in London, New York, Milan, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, and franchised stores are in Istanbul and Moscow. Tragically, McQueen was found dead in his London apartment in February 2010. The cause of death was apparently suicide.

Critics' Favorite, Established
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Other Product Lines
Eyewear, Fragrances, Handbags, Jeans, Shoes
Target GO International (2009), M.A.C (Fall 2007), Samsonite Black Label (February 2007), Puma (October 2005)
Owned By
Gucci Group (PPR)
Gucci Group NV 31-20-462-1700
Where To Buy
Alexander McQueen, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue
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  • Alexander McQueen

    Designed By
    Alexander McQueen, Spring 2001 - Present
    Shows In
    Collection Types
    RTW, Resort
    Similar Clientele
    John Galliano
    Styles & Tags
    Avant-garde, British, Eccentric/Whimsical, Especially Detailed, High Fashion, Red Carpet

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