Alexander Mc Queen

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Alexander McQueen


Alexander McQueen, the man who was destined to become one of the worlds most imaginative and original fashion designers, one who made and is still making an extreme contribution and impact on the fashion world.

This accomplished man came out of a household where you wouldn’t expect a world renowned fashion designer to; the youngest of a family of six and the son of a cabby. Born the 17th of March 1969 in London, Alexander McQueen quite lived an unhappy childhood, not known why, because barely any information can be found on McQueen’s childhood or early teens. His mother was a homemaker and they were not financially stable. When he was still in his young teens, McQueen started making dresses for his... View More »

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Following this, his first Givenchy line bombed. McQueen, however, was still greatly respected in the fashion world and was allowed a second chance; this is a great sign of respect in a notoriously unforgiving industry. In 2000, Gucci purchased an interest in the ‘McQueen’ line. This move ended McQueen’s disruptive relationship with Givenchy and gave him a greater creative license, though under a close eye by the company but later trusted and seen as a valuable business partner.

McQueen's early runway collections developed his reputation for controversy and shock tactics, earning him the title "enfant terrible" and "the hooligan of English fashion". With trousers appropriately named "bumsters" obviously not covering the bottom of the female body; and one of his first collections modestly titled "Highland Rape". He has continually thrown out couture lines and casual of the most abstract and imaginative tastes, making a name for himself and the reputation of one of the worlds most fawned after fashion designers.

He has struggled greatly to achieve this. At one point it was claimed that he was on income support and even his mother Joyce recalls that he borrowed money from her to buy materials for making up his designs. She would sit up all night stringing beads and dyeing materials. But with his 24-7 commitment and even that of those around him, have contributed to his achievements of producing a collection every single season since the spring of 1994, even with shortages in funds and opportunities. McQueen says that the clothes he designs are strong - ...

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