Credit: Anthony Behar/SIPA USA/PA Images

Credit: Anthony Behar/SIPA USA/PA Images


Alexander McQueen may have sadly passed away more than ten years ago. But, his innovative, emotional, and uncompromisingly provocative fashion style lives on. There is little doubt that the Alexander Mcqueen brand has become synonymous with modern British culture.

In fact, it’s fair to say that his fashion designs created the perfect balance between fragility and strength while embracing both the traditional and the modern. He was known for his open and passionate views, these are still reflected in the industry today.

The Beginning Of It All

Alexander McQueen started out as an apprentice with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Shepherd. He went on to achieve a master's degree in fashion design and his graduation collection was bought by Isabella Blow, the influential fashion stylist. It was her that helped him get started by using her contacts and influence.

McQueen launched his own label in 1992 and went to his first professional runway show in 1994. This is where he demonstrated his ability to shock and cause controversy. His bumsters were not well received until Madonna wore them on an MTV advert. It can be said that they inspired the low-rise jean.

That’s just one of the many successes he experienced. He also won British Designer of the Year four times, an impressive feat. Alongside this, he was honored by Queen Elizabeth II and given a CBE.

His Personal Beliefs

Alexander McQueen is famous for saying “Fashion is a jungle full of nasty, bitchy hyenas”. It inspired his 1997 ‘It’s a jungle’ collection.

McQueen realized he was gay at the tender age of six and told his family when he was 18. He was confident in his sexuality and this confidence was reflected in everything he did. It’s the reason that he was prepared to court controversy and stand up for what he believed in.

Most importantly, he believed that fashion was the perfect armor for women and their embracement of fashion gave them inner strength. Of course, his very first works reflect this strength and need to be held by being based on a jacket. It remains the heart of the Alexander McQueen brand, a balance of femininity and smart tailoring.

Reflecting His Passion In Modern Design

Although McQueen has sadly passed away, his long-time confidant, Sarah Burton, is keeping his brand alive. Assisted by the Kering company the intention is to increase the size of Alexander McQueen’s presence fivefold, making it an international symbol of fashion and creativity.

It’s worth noting that Alexander McQueen has always been drawn to nature. His collections have been inspired by nature, wild animals, the deep blue sea, and even birds. He was also inspired by cinema, several of his collections were based on movies, such as Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ and De Niro’s ‘Taxi Driver.’

These passions remain visible in the designs that are created today as the company pays homage to the talent and creativity of its founder while searching for ways to embrace the latest trends and create new ones

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