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Long live the legacy of McQueen’s genius

Jessica Brown

The death of Lee Alexander McQueen, easily the UK’s greatest creative fashion design talent, has led to a huge outpouring of grief.

His was an outstanding talent, which married exceptional practical cutting and design skills with an unrivalled creative vision - a skill set that has rarely, if ever, been seen on the global fashion stage before.

His catwalks were breathtaking. His designs were an inspiration. The loss of this genius to the British fashion industry is truly insurmountable.

That McQueen’s passing at just 40 years old came as he was at the top of his game - two years after the label he founded first turned a profit and just as his outstanding Plato’s Atlantis spring 10 collection hit the shops - is heartbreaking and the industry will grieve for what he had left to give for years to come.

But we should feel truly blessed to have witnessed so much of his gift in his short life. This week Drapers has put together a special tribute issue to celebrate McQueen’s life and work. Over the next 21 pages we remember a British fashion virtuoso, who straddled both the menswear and womenswear sectors.

The death of a designer should not herald the end of his or her legacy just as it didn’t at Chanel or Christian Dior. As Drapers went to press, parent company Gucci Group had yet to comment on the future of Alexander McQueen but it would be a double tragedy if the label were to close too.

This brand should not be laid to rest with its iconic designer and McQueen’s values - creativity above all else - should continue to be championed not just by Gucci, but by all of us.

Click on the link below to see Drapers’ tribute to Alexander McQueen.

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