Fashion Designer of the Week: #AlexanderMcQueen
Lee Alexander McQueen was a British fashion designer who is most famously known for his brand of luxury designs, the Alexander McQueen label. McQueen passed away in early 2010, but his legacy lives on through his beautifully intricate pieces that demonstrate poise, power and prestige by anyone who wears them.
McQueen received 4 British Fashion Designer of the Year awards and one International Designer of the Year Award at the CFDA’s in his career. He received a masters degree in Fashion Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in the early 1990s. McQueen’s early runway shows shocked leaders of the fashion industry and led to his nickname, l’enfant terrible, which means ‘the hooligan of English fashion.’ In his early years, he was known for his dark and gruesome fashion shows, including titles like ‘Highland Rape’ seen below.
Later on in his career, the president of LMVH appointed McQueen as the head designer at Givenchy. His shows and designs at first were too much for the target audience of Givenchy, so he attempted to stay away from such dark and menacing themes, but still let his rebellious demeanor be a well-known quality about himself and his work.
McQueen was an openly gay man and claims that he knew of his sexual orientation wholeheartedly by the age of 6. McQueen knew who he was in his personal life and knew what he wanted out of his career. His designs are still some of the most coveted pieces in the fashion industry and I personally cannot wait to get my hands on one of them in the future.
This season’s Alexander McQueen designs are neutral in color, but vibrant in taste, shape and pattern.