Friday, February 12, 2010

R.I.P. Alexander McQueen

The fashion world lost one of its greatest talents yesterday.

Lee Alexander McQueen was found dead yesterday morning in his London flat. He was 40.

Sources described the death as a suicide by hanging.

The designer was said to be distraught over the loss of his mother, who passed away just days ago. He was also stirred by the forthcoming anniversary of the death of British fashion editor Isabella Blow, who discovered McQueen at his Central St. Martins graduate show in 1994.

The news has shaken the fashion world, especially since yesterday marked the first day of New York Fashion Week. At the BCBG show, Vogue editor Anna Wintour was seen bolting out before the finale, likely having received the news via text message.

She later said, “We are devastated to learn of the death of Alexander McQueen, one of the greatest talents of his generation. He brought a uniquely British sense of daring and aesthetic fearlessness to the global stage of fashion. In such a short career, Alexander McQueen’s influence was astonishing — from street style, to music culture and the world’s museums. His passing marks an insurmountable loss.”

He will truly be missed, and the fashion world will not be the same without him.

Rest in Peace, Alexander McQueen.

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