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Alexander McQueen

  • English designer
  • Born March 17, 1969
  • Died February 11, 2010

Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010) was a British fashion designer and couturier. He worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, and founded his own fort Alexander McQueen label in 1992. 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. McQueen died by suicide in 2010, at the age of 40, at his home in Mayfair, London.


The turnover of fashion is just so quick and so throwaway, and I think that is a big part of the problem. There is no longevity.




It's a new era in fashion - there are no rules. It's all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.




I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.




I always wanted to be a designer. I read books on fashion from the age of 12.




Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual. When you see a woman in my clothes, you want to know more about them. To me, that is what distinguishes good designers from bad designers.




I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.




When I'm dead and gone, people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen.




As a designer, you've always got to push yourself forward; you've always got to keep up with the trends or make your own trends. That's what I do.




Give me time and I'll give you a revolution.




British fashion is self confident and fearless. It refuses to bow to commerce, thus generating a constant flow of new ideas whilst drawing in British heritage.




For a long time I was looking for my perfect equilibrium, my mojo. And now I think I'm getting there: I've found my customer, my silhouette, my cut.




I came to terms with not fitting in a long time ago. I never really fitted in. I don't want to fit in. And now people are buying into that.




I like the concept of dressing people. I used to not care whether people bought the clothes or not, but I kind of like it now. I wouldn't label that commercialism; it's more like I do this work because I want people to wear it.




I don't want to be too proud, but I have a good personal style.




I just want to be a wallflower. Nondescript. Just not anything. I don't want to see me.




I like the idea of infiltrating an area that is not really exposed to me or my work.




I am married to work.




There has to be a balance between your mental satisfaction and the financial needs of your company.




You can hide so much behind theatrics, and I don't need to do that any more.




I'm not big on women looking naive.




I am a melancholy type of person.




I can design a collection in a day and I always do, cause I've always got a load of Italians on my back, moaning that it's late.




I hate it when people romanticize Scotland.




I find it grotesque when clothes hit you in the face and there's no room for fault. But I don't expect to turn things around all by myself. I'm not a saint.




I have been skiing since I was in school, but I'm not great. I am never going to break an Olympic record, I just want to go down the hills, on red or blue runs, but not... black.




You find a lot of ideas from my shows in adverts now. I find it a compliment.




I'm mad in the front of my mind, but business-minded in the back.




Of course I make mistakes. I'm human. If I didn't make mistakes, I'd never learn. You can only go forward by making mistakes.




I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now - no one wears head-to-toe designer anymore.




I think I should be a president. President of the United States.




When a woman gets dressed up to go out at night, she wants to give 50% away, and hold the rest back. If you're an open book, there's no allure.




I come from a different era and I design clothes for our era. I think of people I want to dress when I design.




For people who know McQueen, there is always an underlying message. It's usually only the intellectual ones who understand what's going on in what I do.




It's good to know where you come from. It makes you what you are today. It's DNA, it's in your blood.




I was never a big networker, but I was a spin doctor, all those shock shows, that's how I got my first backers. But fashion's a scary industry to be in, especially if you've not grown up with it.




I was three years old when I started drawing. I did it all my life.



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