Alexander McQueen

On this date in 1969, fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in London's East End, the son of a taxi driver. He dropped out of school at 16 to apprentice himself to Savile Row tailors, worked for Romeo Gigli and Koji Tatsuno, then completed his Master's at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in 1991. McQueen soon introduced his own label, and was named chief designer at Givenchy in 1996. McQueen won "Best British Designer" awards several years. Among his famous clients was Kate Winslet, for whom he designed her "Titanic" dress. At age 40, McQueen was found dead in his London home. D. 2010.

“ . . . I'm an atheist and an anti-royalist, so why would I put anyone on a pedestal?”

—Alexander McQueen, interviewed by (his client) David Bowie, Dazed & Confused, November 1996

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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