According to Stylelist.com, the fashion world was in shock today with news that British designer Alexander McQueen has taken his own life.
Fashion designer Alexander McQueen committed suicide this morning, after being found hanged in his London home. He was pronounced dead at the scene. This happening a week after the death of his mother, Joyce, last Tuesday.
One of his contemporary lines, McQ, was scheduled to be shown at New York Fashion Week this afternoon.
The designer married his partner, film-maker George Forsyth in 2000 on a yacht owned by the prince of Gambia in Ibiza. Close friend Kate Moss was a bridesmaid.
The 40-year-old “enfant terrible” was often credited with revitalizing a flagging British fashion industry with his flamboyant womenswear and outrageous runway presentations.
In 1999 he sent amputee model Aimee Mullins down the catwalk in a pair of hand-carved wooden legs and boots, a spectacle which jolted him to the front pages of the world’s fashion press.
Insiders say McQueen, whose health has been the subject of gossip within the fashion industry for years, never recovered from the suicide three years ago of his close friend, stylist Isabella Blow.
Blow, known for her theatrical hats, discovered McQueen while she was the fashion editor of society magazine Tatler and promoted him with her considerable influence.
The designer was known by personal friends by his real first name, Lee. McQueen explained that when he began selling his designs he was still accepting unemployment benefits from the government, and didn’t want to use his legal name in case they found out and cut off his checks.
Another famous anecdote had the young designer, as an apprentice tailor on fancy Saville Row, sewing an obscenity into the lining of a custom-made suit jacket for Prince Charles. He also had unflattering (and unprintable) things to say about contemporary figures such as David Beckham.
McQueen‘s death has been confirmed by his office saying, ‘It is a tragic loss. We are not making a comment at this time out of respect for the McQueen family’, they offered no further details. He was set to debut his new collection at the Paris shows in March.
Below are some photos of his his designs…