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    Sad Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide!



    British fashion designer Alexander McQueen has been found dead after taking his own life.

    The 40-year-old committed suicide just three years after his close friend, Isabella Blow - who plucked him from obscurity and helped him become a star - killed herself.

    A source at McQueen’s office this afternoon confirmed his death, saying: ‘It is a tragic loss. We are not making a comment at this time out of respect for the McQueen family.’

    His death comes just days before the start of London Fashion Week and weeks before he was due to unveil his new collection at Paris Fashion Week on March 9.



    Born in the East End and the son of a taxi driver, McQueen got his training in tailoring in Savile Row, eventually making suits for Prince Charles, and won the distinction of being named British designer of the year four times between 1996 and 2003.

    He went on to be awarded the CBE, as well as being named International Designer of the Year at the Council of Fashion Designer Awards.

    McQueen was extremely close to Isabella Blow, who is credited with discovering him as a young designer.

    Miss Blow killed herself in May 2007 after taking an overdose of weed killer after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She had attempted suicide several times by then.

    However, he was forced to deny rumours of a rift between the pair at the time of her death, saying: ‘It’s so much b******s. These people just don’t know what they’re talking about. They don’t know me. They don’t know my relationship with Isabella. It’s complete bull****.

    'People can talk; you can ask her sisters.… That part of the industry, they should stay away from my life, or mine and Isabella’s life. What I had with Isabella was completely disassociated from fashion, beyond fashion.’

    McQueen was so distraught by Isabella’s death that he dedicated his spring summer 2008 show at Paris fashion week to his late friend.

    The invites to the show were poster-size illustrations Richard Gray. It depicts a triumphant Blow, in a McQueen dress and a Philip Treacy headdress, in a horse-drawn carriage ascending to heaven.

    Miss Blow had said: 'My relationship with McQueen began in 1994, when I went to a Saint Martins graduate show. I couldn't get a seat, so I sat on the stairs and I was just watching, when I suddenly thought: I really like those clothes, they are amazing. It was his first collection.

    ‘It was the tailoring and the movement which initially drew me to them. I tried to get hold of him and I kept calling his mother, but he was on holiday.

    She kept saying: 'He's not here, he's not here.' She told him: 'This crazy person is trying to get hold of you.' I eventually got to meet him and I decided to buy the collection: I bought one thing a month and paid him £100 a week. He'd bring an outfit in a bin liner, I'd look at it and then he'd come to the cashpoint with me.’


    McQueen with Blow in 2003
    History:
    Born Lee Alexander McQueen, the designer was the youngest of six children.

    Openly gay, McQueen - who once described himself as the 'pink sheep of the family' - left school at 16 and went to work at Savile Row’s Anderson & Sheppard, whose clients included Prince Charles and Mikhail Gorbachev, after he saw a television program about the apprentice shortage in traditional tailoring.

    He went on to work for Gieves & Hawkes, theatre’s famous Angels & Bermans costumiers, and then worked in Japan and Italy.

    He returned to London in 1994, hoping to work as a pattern cutter tutor at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins fashion school. Thanks to the strength of his portfolio he was persuaded to enroll in the course himself.

    After graduating McQueen set up his own label based in the East End of London. With the launch of his 'bumsters' trousers with a waistband so low that the buttocks are revealed, McQueen made his label famous through tabloid headlines.

    He went on to be named head designer at Givenchy in 1996, succeeding John Galliano, before joining forces with Gucci, who bought 51 per cent of his company.


    Top designer: McQueen with models Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss


    Read more: Alexander McQueen commits suicide | Mail Online
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    Default Re: Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide!

    This is TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!


    RIP McQueen...
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    Default Re: Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide!

    This is truly sad & a tragic loss.
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    Default Alexander McQueen Found Dead Today

    CNN and several British news sources are reporting that Alexander McQueen was found dead this morning, an apparent suicide.

    Heartbreaking! A moment of silence please...

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    Default Re: Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide!

    OOPS just started a thread about this in McQueen handbag section, feel free to delete! Didn't know where to put it...

    This is heartbreaking. Very sad.

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    Default Re: Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide!

    WOW...very sad.

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    Default Re: Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide!

    UTTERLY TRAGIC!!!

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    Default Re: Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide!

    Just read the news! What a loss and that too at such a young age!!!
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    Default Re: Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide!

    How awful! Do they have any idea why he would commit suicide?

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    Default Re: Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide!

    ^^ I'm guessing that the passing of his mother had a lot to do with it.

    "On 3 February, he wrote on his Twitter page that his mother Joyce had passed away the day before, adding: "RIP mumxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx."

    Four days later he wrote that he had had an "awful week" but said "friends have been great", adding: "now i have to some how pull myself together". "

    Source: BBC News - Alexander McQueen, UK fashion designer, found dead


    Here's another link reporting on his death.
    http://www.elleuk.com/news/Fashion-N...een-found-dead

    May he rest in peace.
    Last edited by sands; February 11th, 2010 at 09:45 AM.
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    Default Re: Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide!

    This is just horrible. Such a sad day for his family and friends.

    RIP McQ.

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    Default Re: Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide!

    Wow, this is just shocking news. May he rest in peace.


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    Default Re: Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide!

    What a shock to read this today
    very sad
    may he RIP

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    Default Re: Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide!

    OMG...

    I literally have been sitting here for a few minutes with my mouth open in shock.

    This is absolutely a tragedy - his talent will certainly be missed by so many people.
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    Such a brilliant talent. Gone too soon. RIP

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