Thursday, 11 February 2010

Alexander McQueen.

In the fashion world today will always be remembered as a day of great loss. British fashion legend, Alexander McQueen, was found dead in his London flat this morning of an apparent suicide (he was found hanged, the police are not treating it as suspicious). I don't understand how someone of such enormous talent and who achieved such great success could take their own life? The only explanation it seems is that the death of his mother last week appeared to have taken a huge toll on the British designer.

It's so sad, such a waste of an amazing life - he was nowhere near done yet, he was only 40. He was always such a wonderfully imaginative and creative designer who knew how to put on a show with a unique concept - his clothes were like works of art. His death comes just 3 weeks before he was due to show his Autumn/Winter 2010 Ready-to-Wear collection in Paris. The work of Alexander McQueen will always be remembered.

Taking a bow at his last ever Ready-to-Wear show in Paris, Spring/Summer 2010

This news hits us a mere 3 years since the death of another fashion legend and the woman who kickstarted his (and many others') career, Isabella Blow. Blow also committed suicide - by drinking weedkiller - after many many failed attempts. I loved her so much, with her Philip Treacy hats, she was such an icon. Her life was marred by many great sadnesses, infertility and ovarian cancer among them. Some also credited her depression to Alexander McQueen after he sold his brand to Gucci and didn't want Isabella involved even though she was the one who started his career (she bought his enitre Central Saint Martins graduate collection) and reportedly even brokered that Gucci deal for him - although he adamantly denied this, always maintaining that their relationship was "beyond fashion".

It seems every other month there is another actor or musician's 'accidental overdose'or suicide. It just seems like such a shame. Hopefully this is the last of the great losses to fashion, and the creative world as a whole.
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