Who Is Alexander McQueen? How He Died and Quotes

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Scroll down to find designer clothing and shoes by Lee Alexander McQueen, a British fashion designer and couturier that won four British Designer of the Year awards.

Best known for his lavish, unconventional runway shows and his in-depth knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, his death was announced on the afternoon of February 11, 2010.

According to David LaChapelle, a friend of the designer, McQueen “was doing a lot of drugs and was very unhappy” at the time of his suicide.

His eponymous British luxury fashion house, Alexander McQueen, which he founded in 1992, is a subsidiary of Kering. Its current creative director is Sarah Burton.

Best Alexander McQueen Quotes

I don’t want to be too proud, but I have a good personal style.

For a long time I was looking for my perfect equilibrium, my mojo. And now I think I’m getting there: I’ve found my customer, my silhouette, my cut.

Of course, I make mistakes. I’m human. If I didn’t make mistakes, I’d never learn. You can only go forward by making mistakes.

Fashion should be a form of escapism and not a form of imprisonment.

Give me time and I’ll give you a revolution.

There is something sinister, something quite biographical about what I do – but that part is for me. It’s my personal business. I think there is a lot of romance, melancholy. There’s a sadness to it, but there’s romance in sadness. I suppose I am a very melancholy person.

When I’m dead and gone, people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen.

I’ve had good times; I’ve had bad times.

Give me time and I’ll give you a revolution.

It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.

It’s good to know where you come from. It makes you what you are today. It’s DNA, it’s in your blood.

As a designer, you’ve always got to push yourself forward; you’ve always got to keep up with the trends or make your own trends. That’s what I do.

Some couture collections have everything including the kitchen sink! Everything gets thrown on to make it look expensive. I find it grotesque when clothes hit you in the face and there’s no room for fault. But I don’t expect to turn things around all by myself. I’m not a saint.

I like the concept of dressing people. I used to not care whether people bought the clothes or not, but I kind of like it now. I wouldn’t label that commercialism; it’s more like I do this work because I want people to wear it.

Menswear is about subtlety. It’s about good style and good taste.

The turnover of fashion is just so quick and so throwaway, and I think that is a big part of the problem. There is no longevity.

Clothes and jewelry should be startling, individual. When you see a woman in my clothes, you want to know more about them. To me, that is what distinguishes good designers from bad designers.

Rap music’s been around for too long now to be inspirational. The words are, but the music isn’t.

For people who know McQueen, there is always an underlying message. It’s usually only the intellectual ones who understand what’s going on in what I do.

When a woman gets dressed up to go out at night, she wants to give 50% away, and hold the rest back. If you’re an open book, there’s no allure.

I never look at other people’s work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions.

I was never a big networker, but I was a spin doctor, all those shock shows, that’s how I got my first backers. But fashion’s a scary industry to be in, especially if you’ve not grown up with it.

I have been skiing since I was in school, but I’m not great. I am never going to break an Olympic record, I just want to go down the hills, on red or blue runs, but not… black.

I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now – no one wears head-to-toe designer anymore.

There are only a handful of designers that influence other designers, and I have to keep one step ahead of the game.

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