Alexander McQueen was born in London on March 17th 1969, the youngest of six children. He left at the age of 16 and was offered an apprenticeship at the traditional Saville Row tailors Anderson and Shephard and then at neighbouring Gieves and Hawkes, both masters in technical construction of clothing.
From there he moved to the theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans where he mastered 6 methods of pattern cutting from the melodramatic 16th Century to the razor sharp tailoring which has become a McQueen signature. Aged 20 he was employed by the designer Koji Tatsuno, who also had his roots in British tailoring. A year later McQueen travelled to Milan where he was employed as Romeo Gigli’s design assistant. On his return to London, he completed a Masters degree in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martin’s. He showed his MA collection in 1992, which was famously bought in its entirety by Isabella Blow.
Reviews for Alexander McQueen:
ElleUK.com: There was silence in the gilded interior of the Opera Comique. Few had received the invitation, a simple white card, to the smallest show of the week that comprised three sittings of 50 guests. We perched silently on mirrored cubes. Silent because this was breathtaking… [+]
Style.com: It’s tantalizing to think that Lee McQueen identified with Robinson Crusoe. A lost soul stranded in nature, barbarism lurking in the shadows…it already sounds like the genesis of a McQueen collection. No wonder he returned to the idea of the castaway a few times in his career… [+]
Vogue.com: Glastonbury weekend is coming up in the U.K., and for the first time, you can actually imagine that’s where the Alexander McQueen girl might be headed. Of course, there’s a bit of a flaw in that flight of association: These clothes are for pre-fall delivery in November… [+]
Funchkins Design:“The Machiavellian range of pure silk sleepwear and pocket squares is a fashion line gaining popularity through their Kickstarter project. The luxurious project was started by London designer Steven Young…”full review