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Lee Alexander McQueen’s rise to the top was a fashion fairytale. The son of an East London taxi driver, McQueen’s romantically gothic designs seduced everyone from Bjork to the Duchess of Westminster. He began his career on Savile Row where he allegedly scrawled obscenities into the linings of HRH’s suits, but burst onto the scene in 1992 with his ‘Jack the Ripper’ graduate collection which was snapped up in its entirety by McQueen’s soon to be muse and patron, Isabella Blow, who once described his collections as ‘his own living nightmares.’ McQueen’s outrageous theatricality with collections such as the ‘The Birds’ in 1994 and ‘Highland Rape’ in 1995 earned him the title of ‘enfant terrible.’ In 2001 McQueen sold a 51 per cent share of his label to the Gucci Group. Following his tragic suicide in 2010 head of womenswear, became creative director and has continued enchanting the fashion world with her feminine take on McQueen classics and creating the highest profile wedding dress (and bridesmaid dress!) of our time; The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton’s.

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Alexander McQueen spring/summer 14
Photography Mitchell Sams

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