”What’s your memory of this brand? Lady Gaga dancing in Alexander McQueen’s 10-inch stilettos in her video? The brand’s iconic skull scarf? The dreamy bridal gown worn by Catherine Middleton? These remarkable designs all re ect Alexander McQueen’s diverse characters.
Lee Alexander McQueen, one of the most in uential gures in the fashion industry, was born on 17 March 1969 in London. The son of a taxi driver and the youngest of six children, he grew up in a small house in East London. A future career in haute couture seemed far-fetched for him at the time.
At the age of 16 he was offered an
apprenticeship at the traditional Savile Row
tailors Anderson and Sheppard, where he learned advanced techniques which later became his signature. At 21, he moved to Milan, Italy, to work with Italian designer Romeo Gigli, who was wildly famous in the 1980s. On his return to London, he completed a Master’s degree in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martin’s, one of the top ve fashion schools in the world.