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56. The late Alexander McQueen, founder, Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen, founder, Alexander McQueen

Almost exactly five years after his death, 2015 was the year of Alexander McQueen’s homecoming, as London’s Victoria and Albert Museum opened the biggest-ever retrospective of the late designers work.

Opened in March, the stunning exhibition - which spanned McQueen’s entire career from his 1992 university graduate show to his final, unfinished collection unveiled after his death in 2010 - sold more than 480,000 tickets and became the most popular show in the V&A’s history. Demand for tickets was so high that the museum opened overnight for the first time, allowing around the clock access to an extra 15,000 visitors.

As McQueen fever hit the UK, Alexander McQueen the brand maintained its position as one of fashion’s most prominent luxury labels. Helmed by creative director and McQueen’s former right hand woman Sarah Burton and CEO Jonathan Akeroyd, the Kering-owned label’s collections remain highlights of the Paris Fashion Week schedule as Burton blends the signature McQueen aesthetic with her softer and romantic flair. Diffusion label McQ also underwent a revamp this year, with a new look and logo released for autumn 15.

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