alexander-mcqueen-rip.jpgAll of us here at Catwalk Queen are shocked and saddened at the tragic news today that iconic British fashion designer, Alexander McQueen has been found dead after taking his own life. The news comes just days ahead of London Fashion Week, and a month before McQueen was due to unveil A/W 2010 collection in Paris.

Just 3 years after his close friend Isabella Blow committed suicide, McQueen sadly followed suit. Isabella had been credited for assisting the young designer's shoot to fame and reportedly bought his entire graduate collection for ₤5,000, paying it off in weekly ₤100 installments.

Born in East London, 40-year-old McQueen trained as a tailor on Savile Row, going on to make suits for the likes of Prince Charles. He was named British designer of the year four times between 1996 and 2003. His career reached a crescendo when he was awarded a CBE and named the International Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designer Awards.

One of fashion's greats, Alexander McQueen will be sorely missed. [Via OSO Blog]