A childhood with five siblings, including three sisters for whom he used to make dresses, led to young Lee McQueen leaving school at age 16 after receiving an O-Level in Art. His subsequent apprenticeships on Saville Row helped him learn skills for which he would later be praised with regards to their superior tailored looks. Following a brief stint in Italy, McQueen earned his Masters degree from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and finally launched his own fashion label.
Alexander McQueen‘s fashion career was highly praised, highly controversial and displayed the designer’s exceeding creativity, winning him many celebrity fans. His artistic style and tendency to push boundaries marked his style in the fashion world, and the dark themes of his runway shows drew much attention and commentary from all angles.
His works won him the “British Designer of the Year” award four times between 1996 and 2003, as well as earning him a CBE. This level of success and popularity meant that his sudden death on 11th February 2010 came as a heartbreaking shock to everyone in fashion and even those outside of it.
Sarah Burton, Lee’s long-term assistant was the one chosen to take the helm of the brand, and she has been praised for her ability to lead the house in a direction which pays tribute to the late designer and carries on his legacy, at the same time constantly testing the limits of what Alexander McQueen, the brand, is capable of and stands for.