Alexander Mcqueen for women
Lee Alexander McQueen, born in 1969 in London, was the founder of the Alexander McQueen brand established in 1992.
After an apprenticeship with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, McQueen worked at Angels and Bermans, the theatrical costumiers that won thirty-three times the Oscar for the best costumes, where he could learn many different methods of pattern cutting and styles from different ages which helped him build his visionary aesthetics.
In 1992 Alexander McQueen got a Fashion Design degree from Central Saint Martin’s, when his MA collection was bought by the editor and style icon Isabella Blow, who became his mentor.
He collaborated with many artists, often mixing influences from other artistic fields, and made costumes for David Bowie, Bjork and Lady Gaga and always created fashion shows that were closer to theatre or art performances than catwalks.
In 1996 McQueen was appointed Creative Director at Givenchy, succeeding John Galliano, but his first haute couture collection was unsuccessful. He designed for the French brand until 2001, when he declared that his creativity was constrained by the contract with LVHM and ended the contract.
In 2010, shortly after the death of his mother, McQueen committed a suicide.
After the death of Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, his right hand for more than 14 years, became the Creative Director of the brand.
Alexander McQueen creates lines of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, accessories, eye-wear and fragrance and has a younger collection labelled MCQ. Style notes
The style of Alexander McQueen is a combination of extraordinary tailoring and extravagant aesthetic, picking inspiration from different ages and fields, from Scottish traditional garments to fetish wear.
The concept of the collections is often beyond the garments themselves, always telling a story and giving a sense of drama. Sensual and provocative, the woman of Alexander McQueen has a dark side and is unpredictable.