Designer Lee Alexander McQueen is to receive a posthumous award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design at the British Fashion Awards.
McQueen, the creator of the Alexander McQueen and McQ labels, had previously been awarded the British Designer of the Year award four times and now he will be recognised for his “extraordinary career”.
The awards ceremony, which takes place at The Savoy hotel tomorrow evening, will open with a film featuring McQueen’s most iconic pieces. The film has been directed by fashion photographer Nick Knight, who said his “desire was to speak in some way about the dark and the light contained within Lee, and within us all”.
Alexander McQueen chief executive Jonathan Akeroyd said: “We are honoured to accept the BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design award and that the British Fashion Council have recognised Lee’s work and contribution to the British Fashion Industry.”
BFC chairman Harold Tillman said: “The Outstanding Achievement Award celebrates the exceptional talent of an individual who has contributed to the British fashion industry both internationally, and here in the UK throughout their career. There was only one person we felt we could recognize with this award this year – Lee McQueen.”
McQueen, who comitted suicide in February days before he was sue to show his autumn 11 collection in Paris, was appointed chief designer at Givenchy in 1996 where he worked until March 2001. In December 2000 51% of Alexander McQueen was acquired by the Gucci Group, where he remained creative director until his death earlier this year.