Fashion Designer of the Month for September 2023
Lee Alexander McQueen (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010) was a British fashion visionary and couturier who left an indelible mark on the world of design. In 1992, he established his eponymous label, Alexander McQueen, and later served as the chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001. McQueen’s bold and innovative contributions to fashion garnered him numerous accolades, including four British Designer of the Year awards and the CFDA’s International Designer of the Year award.
McQueen’s journey began in tailoring, which he pursued before embarking on a prolific career in design. His daring and imaginative creations, like the iconic “bumster” trousers, solidified his reputation as a provocative enfant terrible in British fashion. In 2000, McQueen partnered with the Gucci Group, selling a majority stake in his brand. This collaboration led to global boutiques and an expanded product range. Throughout his career, McQueen crafted 36 collections, each bearing his signature style marked by sharp tailoring, historicism, and a touch of controversy.
His runway shows were legendary for their drama and theatricality, often featuring elements of performance art. His impact is celebrated in retrospective exhibitions such as “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” and “Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse.” His story is chronicled in journalistic and academic works, including the book “Gods and Kings” by Dana Thomas and the documentary film “McQueen.”