“When I’m dead, hopefully this house will still be going. On a spaceship.” –Alexander McQueen in the new LOVE Magazine
Seems eerie that Lee Alexander McQueen would make this comment only weeks prior to ending his own life.
There are times when we hear news of a actor, singer, designer, or someone passing who we may not know personally, but due to the nature of their business we have personally connected to in some way. This is how I feel about the passing of Lee McQueen. His work transcends fashion boundaries, and I can honestly say the SS ’10 runway show changed my entire opinion on fashion and vision. From prior posts you can see my love for McQueen’s collection, and particularly his armadillo-shoes were a main focus of my Spotlight posts.
This is not a breaking news post, because unless you are under a rock you’ve heard of his passing, so I will just give you the basics. This morning in London he was found allegedly hung from his ceiling at only 40 years old. His mother passed away last week and from his tweets you can tell it hit him extremely hard. This is only three years after his mentor, fashion savior, and close friend Isabella Blow committed suicide by drinking weed killer after hearing she had ovarian cancer. He never seemed to fully recover from these incidents and took to his presentations to dedicate his work towards the life and loss of those close to him.
While Anna Wintour shares with The Cut, “We are devastated to learn of the death of Alexander McQueen, one of the greatest talents of his generation. He brought a uniquely British sense of daring and aesthetic fearlessness to the global stage of fashion. In such a short career, Alexander McQueen’s influence was astonishing — from street style, to music culture and the world’s museums. His passing marks an insurmountable loss.” British Vogue editor, Alexandra Shulman, stated regarding McQueen that “at one level he was a master of the fantastic, creating astounding fashion shows that mixed design, technology and performance and on another he was a modern-day genius whose gothic aesthetic was adopted by women the world over.” He was genuinely admired and loved.
Please, if you are unfamiliar with his work check out his past, and especially his SS’10 collection which can be regarded as nothing short of genius. I am sadden to hear that his 3pm presentation today for NYFW was cancelled and I can only hope that his runway show in Paris in a few weeks will continue to go on so we can see what he was last working on.
The fashion world will never be the same as we will be missing a true visionary.
RIP LEE ALEXANDER MCQUEEN.
Photo and quote from The Telegraph