The fashion world has been shaken after designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London home.
Metropolitan Police were called by London Ambulance Service at about 10.20am on 11th February to reports of a man found dead at an address in Green Street, London.
It is suspected that the enigmatic and talented designer, who founded the fashion label, took his own life.
Nicknamed the ‘hooligan of English fashion,’ McQueen's death comes just days before London Fashion Week and two weeks before his spring collections were to be unveiled in Paris.
Son of a taxi driver, McQueen was born in the East End of London in 1970. He trained on Savile Row at Gieves & Hawkes, where according to vogue.com he once embroidered a suit for the Prince of Wales with the words "I am a c**t" in the lining.
In 1991 his entire degree show was bought by influential stylist Isabella Blow, whose later suicide in 2007 led to him dedicating his entire spring/summer 2008 collection to her memory.
His fashion career boasts many victories and titles, such as British Designer of the Year four times between 1996 and 2003. He was also awarded the CBE and head designer at the Paris couture house of Givenchy.
McQueen’s death has come as a huge shock and loss shock to the fashion world. Editor of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman said: “His brilliant imagination knew no bounds as he conjured up collection after collection of extraordinary designs, his death is the hugest loss to anyone who knew him and for many who didn’t.”
Designer and friend Matthew Williamson said: “ I am shocked and deeply saddened.”
McQueen's mother died at the beginning of February this year. Her funeral was scheduled to take place tomorrow.
By Rosie Waggot
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Fashion guru Alexander McQueen (courtesy of Flickr); YouTube: Spring/Summer 2010 collection