Best of British fashion - Alexander McQueen

Monday, April 18, 2016 Kat 2 Comments

I've always been a big fan of British fashion as I find it freestyle, independent and funky. That's why the British Vogue is my favourite edition of the Condé Nast's number one magazine. Thinking of British fashion I cannot help but think of my favourite designer of all time - Alexander McQueen. His brand represents everything I love about UK's fashion industry and this post is devoted to his memory and accomplishments throughout the years.

It all began when Lee Alexander McQueen left school at the age of 16 to pursue his career as a tailor. He gained his first experience on Savile Row in London, known as made-to-order menswear district. There he worked for Anderson and Shephard and Gieves and Hawkes - both masters in the technical construction of clothing.

Alexander McQueen launched his own brand after leaving Givenchy. Although their collaboration wasn't as successful as predicted, McQueen's following collections became a massive hit, encouraging Gucci to invest in young designer's company.

Alexander McQueen was known for his extravagant and avant-garde designs, outstanding tailoring, originality and unconventional artistic fashion shows. His celebrity fan club included such influential fashion icons as Sarah Jessica Parker and Lady Gaga.

Lee wasn't afraid to shock, his projects always illustrated his vision and passion for art and theatre. He received four British Designer of the Year awards and the Commander of the Order of the British Empire award. In 2003 the Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded him as International Designer of the Year.

After designer's tragic death, his place was taken by his long-term assistant - Sarah Burton. Mrs Burton completely matched Lee for stunning designs as she's known the brand and its philosophy for years. Replacing Alexander McQueen must have been a hell of a challenge, luckily the company survived its father's disappearance, thanks to Sarah Burton it continues and remains one of the most iconic fashion firms in the industry.

Sarah Burton joined Alexander McQueen after graduating in 1997. Quickly she became one of the most important people in the company.

Burton gained major fame by designing the wedding dress of Catherine Middleton. She called it the "experience of a lifetime". She also created Pippa Middleton's maid of honour dress.

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  1. Photos are absolutely spectacular! So gorgeous!
    You have such a lovely blog!

    Diana Cloudlet