Fashion world salutes Alexander McQueen (1969 - 2010)
As the world reels from the tragic death of Lee Alexander McQueen, who was found dead at his home yesterday, tributes continue to pour in for the British designer. Throughout the last 24 hours, messages from shocked fans and friends have flooded Twitter. While some of the industry's most influential identities have revealed their devastation over the loss of one of their brightest stars.
"In a world where every man and his dog is a designer, Alexander McQueen was the real deal," said close friend Philip Treacy. "His talent was supersonic."
Models Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss also expressed their sadness, with Naomi saying: "I am truly devastated to lose my close friend. His talent had no boundaries and he was an inspiration to everyone who worked with him and knew him. This is a sad day for all who loved him around the world and my condolences are with his family. I will miss him so much, he will never be forgotten."
A spokesperson for Kate, who acted as McQueen's "bridesmaid" when he "married" his partner, film-maker George Forsyth, in 2000, said in a statement: "Kate is shocked and devastated at the tragic loss of her dear friend Lee McQueen. Her thoughts are with his family at this sad time."
McQueen's death comes just nine days after he tweeted the news that his mother, Joyce, had passed away. "sunday evening been a ----ing awful week but my friends have been great but now i have to some how pull myself together and finish with the...", he wrote.
Known for his incredible showmanship, McQueen blazed a path all of his own since graduating from Central Saint Martins. Mentored by Isabella Blow, who also sadly took her own life in 2007, McQueen went on to win the title of British Designer of the Year four times. At this stage it is unclear if his forthcoming A/W 2010 ready-to-wear collection will be shown at Paris in three weeks time. Presentation of his secondary line, McQ, was cancelled at New York Fashion Week yesterday.
Rest in peace Lee (16 March 1969 - 11 February 2010).