R.I.P. Alexander McQueen  

As you may already know, the fabulous designer, Lee Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London home yesterday. He was only 40 years old. The cause of death was suicide. The method of suicide - hanging.

I, like others have to say I am stunned and saddened. No, I did not personally know him, but I did know his work and can honestly say that the fashion world lost a creative genius.

WWD has done a great job on coverage and keeping us posted on this tragedy. Here are some thoughts from other designers on McQueen's death:

  • Milliner Philip Treacy (who created fantastical hats for the designer’s shows): “In a world where every man and his dog is a designer, Alexander McQueen was the real deal...His talent was supersonic.”

  • John Galliano: “McQueen was daring, original, exciting...He shook up the establishment with his creativity and understood what it takes to be a great British ambassador for fashion. I admired him very much."

  • Karl Lagerfeld: It’s a loss for the fashion industry...His story was one of success and talent, but that may not be enough to keep you alive.”

  • Jean Paul Gaultier: “I am really saddened by Lee’s passing on a human level, but also on the artistic one...A great talent has left us and we will miss him and everything that he has done for fashion.”

  • Stella McCartney: “Lee was a fashion genius. I don’t say that lightly, and it is a total shock that I am referring to him in the past tense...” 

  • Frida Giannini (Gucci creative director): "I have always admired Lee...He had a way of approaching fashion — both as a tailor and as an inventor — that was all his own. He was an enormous talent whose creative genius will forever remain in the history of fashion.”

What his emotional issues were remain unknown, but many believe he was reeling from the death of his mother. McQueen's mother had passed away 9 days before his death, and her funeral was scheduled for today. According to a source, McQueen had recently tweeted: “sunday evening been a ----ing awful week but my friends have been great but now i have to some how pull myself together and finish with the…”

Alexander McQueen RTW Spring 2010

Alexander McQueen Spring 2010

McQueen for Givenchy Couture Fall 2000

For more photos and an extremely in-depth and well written bio on McQueen, visit WWD.com.

To look back on his past works, click here.

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