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Lee Alexander McQueen CBE (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010) was an English fashion designer and couturier. He founded his own Alexander McQueen label in 1992, and was chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001. His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards (1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003), as well as the CFDA’s International Designer of the Year award in 2003.
At age 20, McQueen began working as a pattern cutter for the avant-garde, London-based Japanese designer Koji Tatsuno, before moving to Milan to join Romeo Gigli, an Italian designer admired for his understated, romantic designs. McQueen returned to London to complete the prestigious MA in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins. Already a proficient tailor, here he learned how to be a fashion designer, drawing inspiration from London’s history, its world-class museums and emerging BritArt scene. His graduate collection gained him extensive press coverage, and was purchased in its entirety by the influential fashion stylist Isabella Blow.
Fashion exhibitions are big business these days and after the huge success of the Alexander McQueen Exhibit at the Victoria and Albert museum it must have got the heads of the brand thinking. Why not make a permanent exhibition space of their own? So that’s what they did. Since 2019 The flagship Bond Street store, designed by Smiljan Radic, now has a dedicated gallery of its own on the top floor, with a changing programme of exhibitions and talks. It’s free entry and open to all visitors. The images shown here are from the latest exhibition. The frocks are original and beautiful and the workmanship is exquisite.