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Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen (born Lee McQueen, 17 March 1969) is one of the most influential British fashion designers. He has mastered 6 methods of pattern cutting from the flamboyant styles of the 16th CenturyAlexander McQueen to the sharp, contemporay tailoring which has become his signature.
Alexander McQueen

Born in the East End of London on 17 March 1969, the son of a taxi driver, Alexander, whose real name is Lee McQueen, started running up dresses for his three sisters at a young age and announced his intention of becoming a top designer. McQueen went on to leave school at 16, landing himself an apprenticeship with top Savile Row tailors Anderson and Shepherd, then working for Gieves and Hawkes and the famous theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans. While on Savile Row, McQueen's clients included Mikhail Gorbachev and Charles, Prince of Wales. The rumor is that McQueen graffitied four-letter words into the lining of the Prince's Savile Row jackets. When he was 20, McQueen went on to work for Koji Tatsuno and Romeo Gigli. McQueen applied to London's most prestigious fashion school, Central St Martins College of Art & Design for a Masters Degree. Though he had no formal education, he was immediately admitted on the strength of his portfolio. He graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Designin 1991.

Before opening his own studio in East London in 1992, McQueen developed a reputation for controversy and shock tactics (earning the title "enfant terrible" and "the hooligan of English fashion"), with trousers aptly named "bumsters", and a collection entitled "Highland Rape". His provocative designs attracted a small but loyal clientele, including such influential fashion figures as stylist Isabella Blow, who purchased everything from his first collection, and was said to have persuaded McQueen to change his name from Lee to Alexander when he launched his fashion career. (It has also been claimed that he was on income support and that he needed to change his name for his first show so that he could continue to receive cheques.)

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