One of the best-known and most influential of British fashion designers Alexander McQueen has been found dead in his London home, just days after the death of his mother.
It appears to have been suicide. He would have been 41 next month.
He rose to international fame at Givenchy in 1996, before leaving five years later to go solo, with great success. He worked with a host of international stars including Bjork and, most recently, Lady Gaga.
Born Lee McQueen he was a working class lad, the youngest of six children from the East End of London, left school at 16 to learn his trade on Saville Row, a far cry from his father’s profession as a taxi-driver. There he made suits for, among others, Prince Charles.
He then attended St Martin’s school where, famously, then Tatler editor Isabella Blow bought his entire graduation collection for £5000, plucking him from obscurity. He delivered the clothes in black binliners. One of his closest friends committed suicide in 2007 after discovering she had ovarian cancer.
McQueen was on the point of presenting his new collection in Paris. He was British designer of the year four times, and was made a CBE in 2003.