Tributes have continued to pour in from a fashion industry reeling from the news of the death of British designer Alexander McQueen.
As details emerged of the death of McQueen, whose first name was Lee, the fashion world continued to express its grief. Nine days after the death of his beloved mother Joyce, McQueen was found in his Mayfair home yesterday, after reportedly hanging himself.
“McQueen was daring, original, exciting. He shook up the establishment with his creativity and understood what it takes to be a great British ambassador for fashion. “
Designer John Galliano
British designer John Galliano said: “I am shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Alexander McQueen, following the death of his beloved mother. My thoughts are with all those he left behind - his family, friends, and all those who worked with him on his great adventure.”
“McQueen was daring, original, exciting. He shook up the establishment with his creativity and understood what it takes to be a great British
ambassador for fashion. I admired him very much. He was a fashion revolutionary that, like me, made the journey from St Martins to Paris where he put his own unique mark on the industry. He will not be forgotten, and it is a huge loss that he is gone.”
Designer Karl Lagerfeld said: “He always flirted with death. We don’t know the reasons but it’s proof that success and talent alone are not enough to make someone happy. Who knows, perhaps after flirting with death too often, death attracts you.”
” I will miss him as a mate, a peer and as a true British talent, full of life and energy.”
Designer Stella McCartney
Jane Rapley, head of Central St Martins College, who was dean of the fashion and textile school when McQueen studied there in the 1990s, called his death “devastating for British fashion. He was both contemporary and sophisticated, and took British fashion to the same level as the rest of the fashion world.
“He will cast an enormous shadow over British fashion week. [There is] just so much regret for the collection that might have been.”
Designer Stella McCartney said: “It is a total shock that I am referring to him in the past tense. He was a real friend. I will miss him as a mate, a peer and as a true British talent, full of life and energy.”
Philip Treacy, the milliner, said: “Alexander McQueen was the real deal. His talent was supersonic. He was a very kind and loving friend to me.”
Designer Victoria Beckham said: “He was a master of fashion, creative genius and an inspiration. Today the fashion industry has lost a true great.”
Kate Moss, model and close friend of McQueen, was said to be “shocked and devastated at the tragic loss of her dear friend”.